Car alert legislation presented same day as infant dies in hot car

Car alert legislation presented same day as infant dies in hot car

On the same day, an infant boy loses his life after being left in a vehicle in southeast Texas, legislation is presented to the House of Representatives to keep this from happening.

"It will direct the federal government to set a standard for all vehicles to ensure that a child cannot be left behind in a vehicle unknowingly," Sue Auriemma, VP of KidsAndCars.org said.

Police said a Dayton, TX mother forgot to drop off her one-year-old son at daycare before heading to work which resulted in his death. An investigation is ongoing but no charges have been filed at last check.

On that same day, U.S. Representatives from Ohio, New York, and Illinois introduced the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2016, H.R. 6041) to the House of Representatives.

Auriemma said this piece of legislation would direct the NHTSA to look at the possibility of adding an alarm in all vehicles that would let the driver know there was someone in the back seat.

"Just as there are reminders that you may have left your lights on or left your keys in the ignition, it would remind a driver that there is still a passenger in the back seat when they exit the vehicle," she said.

Single mother of three, Alexis Amaya is glad something like this is being done.

"I do believe that accidents do happen however, I don't see myself personally leaving my child inside of the car because it's just motherly instinct to always check on your kids," Amaya said.

A matching bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate. Once it is approved by respective committees in both the House and Senate, it will head to each floor to be voted on.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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