Rep. Peter King Touts Bill to Protect Kids From Dying in Hot Cars
Congressman Peter King is calling on Congress to pass the Hot Cars Act of 2017, which would require automakers to install technology in vehicles that would alert drivers when someone is left behind in the car.
King told WOR’s “Len Berman and Todd Schnitt in the Morning” that an average of 37 kids die every year from being left in a hot car. Nine have already died in 2017.
“This is really a key issue," King said. "It’s not political. It’s not the usual bantering we do back and forth. This is a serious matter involving young kids."
The congressman said the technology already exists, with similar alerts in place for when a door is left open or the keys are left in the ignition. King said the same technology should be applied to help protect children.
“The reality is that this can happen to anyone," he says. "People are in a rush -- they forget, they run into the store, they have to get something done in a hurry and what they don’t realize is that very quickly in summer heat the temperature inside a car can go to 120 degrees. And a young kid is three times more affected by it than an adult is."
The legislation was introduced on Wednesday. King is asking people to contact their representative to encourage them to support the measure.