Look before you leave when putting your vehicle in park

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Summer is in full swing and that means more traveling for trips and vacations. And, with that, comes a warning from the Indiana State Police.

Parents need to take extra caution when it comes to kids in hot cars.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts states to never leave a child unattended in any vehicle – not even for a minute.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a car can reach an upwards of 170 degrees within a matter of minutes.

If you see a child unattended in a vehicle you should call 911 and if you are a parent, there are ways to protect your child.

“You can put reminders inside your car, put a reminder on the dash whether it’s a sticky note, put something that you’re going to need at your destination in the back seat where you have to go ‘Oh, I need to get that out of the back seat and then there’s my child.’”

A total of 44 kids died last year due to being left in a hot car.

Watts also said placing your purse or briefcase in the back seat is a great reminder. Also, a good rule of thumb, ‘look before you leave’ when putting your vehicle in park.

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