APD says more kids being left in hot cars
July 10, 2018 06:20 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Albuquerque Police Department has been busy helping get kids out of hot cars.
From the start of May to the end of June of this year, 28 children were accidentally locked in a vehicle and 22 children were accidentally left in a hot car. APD officer Simon Drobik says this increase is a troubling trend.
“It’s so hot outside. You can expect the car to be 30 to 40 degrees hotter inside,” said officer Drobik.
Drobrik said most of the incidents involve parents self-reporting.
Monique Jacobson, with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, says minutes in a hot car can be the difference between life and death.
“A child's body, their heat will rise at three to five times as quickly or higher than an adult,” Jacobson said.
And it’s not just children being left in cars, APD says it’s responded to 139 animals left in cars.
While people should call for help if they see a child or pet in need, they are allowed to take the necessary measures to keep them safe. That includes breaking a window.
People caught leaving a child or pet in a hot vehicle can be cited or even arrested, depending on the situation.
Updated: July 10, 2018 06:20 PM
Created: July 10, 2018 06:12 PM
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