Sacramento, CA– As the summer heat continues, the CHP is reminding drivers to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
California law prohibits anyone from leaving a child six years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone who is at least 12 years old. A violation of the “Unattended Child in a Motor Vehicle Act”, also known as “Kaitlyn’s Law,” will result in a fine and most importantly could result in injury or death of a child.
This year in the U.S, there have been more than two dozen incidents involving children left alone in vehicles resulting in at least 26 fatalities. One of those deaths occurred in California in April involving a 7-month Antioch girl. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says, “It only takes a few minutes for a tragedy to occur. If you see a child left unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.”
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