FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sergeant Charles J. Warner
Franklin PD Public Affairs
Franklin, TN – Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars. According to a WebMD report, more than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990.
Some parents may not want to take their child in and out of their cumbersome car seat for what they think will be a quick stop at the dry cleaners or drug store. Leaving a child in a parked car is dangerous, and in Tennessee – it’s illegal.
According to a special statement by the National Weather Service, the hottest weather so far this year is set to arrive in Middle Tennessee throughout the upcoming holiday weekend. In fact, some of the expected high temperatures could break records going back more than 100 years.
Franklin Police urge citizens who see a child left in an unattended vehicle to call 911.
Violators are subject to a fine and, in some cases, imprisonment.