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Do not sacrifice child safety for convenience

Posted: August 2, 2008 10:13 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
I would like to add my comments after reading articles published in The Signal on child safety.

My wife and I have two children, ages 5 and 10. They have both attended, and continue to attend, some type of day care or after-school care in this valley, in different places.

Regardless of where they have attended, I have found that, during pick-up and drop-off, parents leave children in their vehicles, unattended, while running in to pick up other siblings.

Unattended children range in age from infants to young adults. Most of the time the engine is running, for A/C purposes, and the keys are in the ignition. Unfortunately, this is a very common practice, and very dangerous.

When I am aware a child is left in a vehicle unattended, I do confront the parent and notify the day care. Most times it ends in an uncomfortable situation, and I have been told many times to mind my own business.

After confronting one particular parent on multiple occasions for leaving an infant in a running vehicle, I went to our local sheriff's station to file a report. They told me no law was broken, which surprised me.

As I read Mayor Kellar's article on July 27, it appears that one had been violated: California Vehicle Code 15620, also know as Kaitlyn's Law.

I will continue to do this because it is important. Just maybe, in light of someone else's tragedy, adults will sacrifice convenience for child safety.

Many child safety laws are created out of parental ignorance.

I write this letter to add awareness, clarify responsibility, and hopefully save a life.

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