Senate Dems Introduce Bill Aimed at Preventing Hot Car Deaths

St. Mary’s and Safe Kids Coalition uses a wireless monitor to record the temperature outside and inside of a closed vehicle at St. Mary’s Market Days in Evansville, Ind. A proposed new law that would require carmakers to build alarms for backseats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars and also streamline the criminal process against caregivers who cause the deaths, cases that can be inconsistent but often heavier-handed against mothers. (Darrin Phegley/Evansville Courier & Press via AP, File)

 

August 1, 2017

OAN Newsroom

Senate lawmakers propose new legislation to save kids from heatstroke death.

The Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seat Act, or the HOT CARS Act, was unveiled Monday.

The move is calling for sensors to be installed in new cars, which would alert drivers when children are left in the back seat.

The senators behind the legislation hope the lifesaving technology will become the standard.

Nearly 40 children die each year from being left in hot cars, and more than 700 have died nationwide since 1998.

A companion bill was introduced in the House last month.

  • Bill Jr

    One Senate Democrat Came Up With A Bright Idea To Preventing ‘Hot Car’ Deaths, “Well We Just Need To Install Better Anti-Theft Devices!”

  • a voice of concern

    MORE THAN 50,000 PEOPLE DIE A YEAR FROM DRUGS!

  • a voice of concern

    Seriously?
    This country has continued to dig a financial HOLE of over 1 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR for the past decade, We have over 20 million people in this country who don’t belong here and they are spending time on this BS?

  • Lisa Haynes

    There they go again trying to legislate intelligence for the stupid. I know when I cast my vote last November, that’s just what I was hoping the dems would work on.

  • R A.

    Why don’t they introduce a bill aimed at executing those responsible for these tragic, unnecessary car deaths?

  • Sure, Not

    I wonder which came first, the perceived need for government to intervene to add $200 to the purchase price of the roughly 24 million cars to be sold next year to save 40 idiot parents from themselves, or the snappy HOT CARS acronym for the bill?

    Perhaps they should call it the “Preventing Idiots from Seeing Survival Of the Fittest to Fruition” Act (PISSOFF)

  • FreeManinAmerica

    Which provision of Article 1 of the Constitution provides for this legislation? Answer: none. Just more Leviathan knowing better how to live your life than you do. Of course adults should not leave children alone in parked cars. Nor should adults kill children in the womb. There’s actually a constitutional basis for Congress to protect unborn children, but none whatsoever for protection of children left unattended in cars, beyond existing laws against negligent homicide.

    • gregg56

      Contrary to popular opinion, at least in Washington, D.C., the American People really can live their lives without more and more federal government intrusion!

  • while eyeing the comments I noticed plenty of dudes being viciously against an extra layer of security for kids in cars. You know, the same dudes using tons of reminders (alarm clocks, Google Calendar, post-it-notes and so on) on a daily basis are absolutely outraged that some responsible people (not only Dems, and I’m no dumbocrap anyway) are trying to keep American kids safer and healthier. Unbelievable!

    • Brock Thomas

      This bill is a waste of money, time, and tech. It is being introduced to make the dems look good while they buy the patents and companies that will implement this technology.

      Dems don’t care about kids, they have aborted Millions of them through the years!

    • gregg56

      I managed to raise my son to adulthood without ever “forgetting” that he was in the car with me–regardless of weather conditions.

      This problem has virtually nothing to do with the weather, but plenty to do with parents being unbelievably irresponsible!

  • tedlv

    Don’t they have anything useful to do?

  • larryjcr

    Another stupid, expensive and ineffectual attempt to ‘fix’ human stupidity with some government-mandated technical gimmick. Another attempt by self-serving, power-freak politicians to show how ‘concerned’ they are. I’ve got news for them: Sorry, but ‘against stupidity, even the gods contest in vain.’ And, no matter what they think, they aren’t gods.

  • 45MAGA!

    You can’t legislate responsible parenting. People will disable the sensor so it won’t go off when they run into the convenience store or get out to pump gas. These children did not die by accident. Parents who place their child in a car seat leave them there because they don’t want to deal with them at the time. I would maybe consider this for buses or vans that transport children.

  • Jack Green

    There is no law that can people use common sense, stop laziness, and make one aware of their most important priorities. If you can’t get overcome these obstacles, you don’t need children.

    • R A.

      ABSOLUTELY
      And these are probably the same idiots that think the “rest of us” should pay for their children’s school breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

  • stevens123

    Quit screwing around and fix ACA. None of us are fooled by this obvious distraction.

  • JR

    how about education for parents and severe penalties – i.e. death penalty, for these braintrusts that leave their children in a hot car.

    • turnipweed

      Sterilization for the mother and all her boyfriends, then prison.

  • Matt

    700 deaths in 19 years
    and that equates to 10 Billion dollars to equip every car with this tech?
    and which liberal group owns this technology?
    and out of those 700 deaths in 19 years
    were the parents really just inconvenienced to bring their
    child to whatever they were going to do? 70%?
    why not make it so that if you have a child you must get this for your car
    as an after market
    and NOT subject everyone to another unnecessary expense

    • turnipweed

      Yep. Sounds like 0bamacare. Birth control insurance for 70 year old Nuns!

      All we need is education, not gadgets. The gadgets could cause more deaths due to idiots misinterpreting them.

      Shame on people that see children alone in cars and don’t break a window and call police.

  • Chris C.

    I can see it now, this will be considered a piece of landslide legislation. What about the thousands of people who are killed by illegal aliens, thugs and drug pushers etc…. every year? They blame it on guns and create more senseless laws that do more to hinder law abiding citizens and make it easier for the criminal element to keep on doing what they want when they want under some sentiment that the criminals have rights.

    Well in the end I will sure sleep better knowing there is some piece of tech out there that might save one or two kids that his/her Dip Sh%t parent left in a car if they even use it all the while the true killers in the world keep on killing and the GOV turns a blind eye. Go big GOV, bunch of idiots….

  • Angry Meat Eater

    More nanny state bs

  • Christopher Binkowski

    If Democrats care so much about kid’s lives, why do they advocate for their convenient deaths before they are born?

    • 808Americans

      ^^

    • TIGER

      THEY ALREADY HAVE PLANNED PARENTHOOD

    • R A.

      + ONE MILLION

    • Kody M.

      Too much heat can also damage or weaken the spermatzoids tails

    • Wake up Sheeple

      That’s a good point

  • FreedomStorm

    … … while they plot to institute the Marxist-Socialist ideology in this country.