The recent spate of reports on child deaths in hot cars and trucks has one man named Terry Williams using social media to challenge parents of toddlers.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, one girl rescued from a hot truck claims her parents were trying to punish her by leaving her stuck in the hot vehicle.
Recently, Tennessee passed a law that allows strangers to break into a person’s vehicle if they see an abandoned child in a hot car. The law became effective on July 1, 2014, and as part of the decision, the alarming statistics on child deaths in hot cars were cited:
“The reason this law was passed is because death by heat stroke is the second highest cause of death for children under the age of 14. Being left in a hot car is considered a large contributing factor and even if the weather is 60 degrees outside a child could be close to death in under 20 minutes if locked inside a car. If it’s 80 degrees outside a child may die in only 10 minutes even if the car is parked in the shade.”
But just reading off these facts may not be enough for some people. As such, Mr. Williams is trying to spread a YouTube experiment where he challenged people to experience what a toddler in a hot car would feel like:
“I’m sitting in the car with the windows rolled up cause I want to know how it feels to be left in the car. As you can see, I’m sweating, like I can barely breathe out here, but my system is stronger than these little kids systems.”
The day Williams started this challenge, the temperature outside his vehicle was “only” 90 degrees. However, the temperatures inside could have risen 20 degrees in just ten minutes and children’s body temperatures can increase several times faster than adults. Williams just hopes people are listening and make certain they do not leave their kids unattended in their hot car… even if they think it’s okay and they’ll only be gone for a few minutes:
“This is not a game, this is serious. People think it can’t happen to them, but it can happen to anyone.”
Williams is not the only one worried about children in hot cars this summer. A woman named Erica St. Louis has also been spreading a Facebook video where she hopes to make a difference:
“Given that I have worked with nearly 100 families and infants and toddlers at this point I felt compelled to try and be a voice for them. This is such a silly problem to have with a simple solution to avoid the dire consequences. Please spread the message.”
Do you think a national law should allow strangers to help kids in hot cars if the parents are nowhere to be found?