Officials tout bill meant to prevent deaths of children left in cars

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A group of New Jersey officials met in Middlesex County Thursday to promote a bill that is designed to prevent the deaths of children left inside hot cars.

Rep. Frank Pallone was joined by Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott, along with doctors and other advocates to promote the “Hot Cars Act.” The law would require all cars to eventually be equipped with a children safety alert system.

If passed, car manufacturers would have to include technologies to detect and alert a driver if a child or animal is left in the back seat of a vehicle.

RELATED: Lawmakers introduce legislation to prevent child deaths in hot cars 

Two companies were on hand at JFK Hospital in Edison to demonstrate some of the technology available today, including apps and alarms that can be installed.

“We do a lot of public awareness and education, but it’s really technology that will help end these forever,” says Kids and Cars founder Janette Fennel. “The purpose of the Hot Cars Act is to prevent these very preventable and predictable deaths and injuries.”

More than 50 children have died inside hot vehicles across the United States in 2018. In New Jersey, there have already been two child deaths this summer.

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