Children left in cars unattended...(part 2)

@sacmom (14314)
United States
April 19, 2007 2:07pm CST
After I posted about this I looked up my state's law regarding child left in vehicles unattended. This is what I found through CA DMV: UNATTENDED CHILDREN IN MOTOR VEHICLES It is illegal to leave a child six years of age or younger unattended in a motor vehicle when: There are conditions that present a significant risk to the child’s health or safety. Example: Leaving a child in a closed car on a very hot day. The vehicle’s engine is running, the keys are in the ignition, or both. Children can start or move the car causing injuries and/or deaths to themselves or others. Exception: The child may be left under the supervision of a person 12 years of age or older. The court may fine violators and require the person to attend a community education program. Also, the penalties for leaving an unattended child in a vehicle are more severe if the child is injured, requires emergency medical services, or dies. ************************************************************************************* I cannot believe little kids can be left in a vehicle unattended! And it's legal! I could see maybe a 10 year old, if they have enough sense, but a 7 year old? When I left my 9 year old in the truck for that 'quick trip' into the post office I certainly kicked my own @$$ for doing so, even if I could see him from where I was at. To this day I still feel sick about having done so. But what's done is done and I can't go back in the past to fix my mistake, but I have certainly learned from it. So I guess it wasn't illegal after all for those kids that I saw in the minivan the other day? It certainly wasn't a hot day, nor was the vehicle running, though I don't know if the keys were in the ignition. Next time I see something like this I'll be sure to check.
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@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I know what you mean. This makes me ill as well. Some people have no respect for their own children's safety. A while back we were getting ready to cross the border into the United States and we stopped at Tim Hortons (a coffee shop) to use the bathroom before going into customs. I got out of my car and looked at the car next to me, and there was a 2 year old boy asleep in a car seat in the back seat--he was alone in the car. I told my husband to keep an eye on him, went into the coffee shop and found the owner of the vehicle. I gave him an earful and to my dismay, he not only thought that there was nothing wrong with it, but he was slightly mocking me for making a big deal of it! It was infuriating to think that had I been a child predator I could have easily taken off with the kid--locked car doors or not. You just don't leave your kids alone, anywhere!
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