JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A petition launched by KidsAndCars.org is asking the Obama Administrator for change. The organization wants the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund research for new technology that will detect when a child is left alone in a car.
According to KidsAndCars.org, an average of 38 kids die in hot cars every year. More than 670 have died in the past 20 years, so now the organization is saying enough is enough.
"The auto industry already recognizes we're human and our memories often fail us. You get a warning if you don't buckle your seat belt, leave a car door open, your gas is low or you leave your headlights on," said Janette Fennell, founder and president of KidsAndCars.org in a press release. "If you forget your keys in the ignition, you get a warning. If a child is left behind, you absolutely need a warning. The federal government and automakers have the ability to solve this problem, and we need action now."
Stacey Snowdeal is a mom of three. She says there's no way she could ever forget any one of her three boys in the car.
"I don't personally know how it can happen," said Snowdeal.
But it does. Reports of KidsAndCars.org show 17 children in the U.S. have died in hot cars already in 2014.
"You can have certainly audible warning devices, you can have devices that are linked with the keys that might prevent you from locking the car," said Albert Lechner, personal injury attorney for Terrell Hogan law firm.
Similar alert systems are already in the market place, but not installed or required in all vehicles.
"I think that's a really good idea. I know it's crazy we have to resort to that, but I think that would be very beneficial and save a lot of lives," said Jessie Watson.
Watson is a new mom. Her baby boy is three months and she says although the technology is clearly needed, she also doesn't understand how this happens.
"When I'm getting out of the car, he's getting out of the car with me. I don't go into the store, grab anything for a few minutes, he's going wherever I'm going," said Watson.
There are several tips experts say can help a parent remember a child is in the backseat. There is also now an application for your phone. To learn more, click here.
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