It’s the worst part of the Summer : hearing the heart wrenching news stories of children being left alone in a hot car and dying.
Yet despite these dreaded reports, children continue to tragically die because their parents forgot them in their car seats. Even though it is still early in the season, nearly three times as many children have died this year as compared to the same time last year. The temperature within a car usually spikes during the first 20 minutes.
According to the National Safety Council, the death toll for 2016 has risen to an upsetting 11 children after an 8-month-old girl passed away last week. Last year was a more hopeful year with a total of 24 deaths compared to an average of 37 since 1998, and four by this time in June. However, despite the increased media coverage and widespread knowledge making parents more aware of this danger, children are still suffering.
“This year, it was quite a surprise to have that many deaths by this date,” Amy Artuso, a program manager for the council, said, according to CNN. “It does seem to be a distraction issue,” she said. “We don’t have anything scientific to back it up, but more deaths do seem to happen toward the end of the week.”