With the arrival of the summer months, the government must take action to prevent the deaths of babies and young children in hot cars this year, according to MK Tzipi Hotovely, the Deputy Minister of Transportation.
Hotovely ordered the National Road Safety Council to begin a campaign to increase public awareness of the issue.
Many are unaware of how quickly a child can become dangerously ill in a closed car in the heat, and of risk factors that lead caretakers to leave children in cars, such as an unexpected change in routine.
In addition to education, Hotovely is also hoping to make use of new technology. She hopes to get an official stamp of approval for sensors that warn drivers when a person has been left in the car, and ultimately, to require drivers to install such sensors.
“The loss of babies’ lives due to parents’ distraction is a human tragedy that can be prevented through technology and awareness,” Hotovely said. “Increased awareness could save lives.”