July 18, 2018|
AAA Urges Parents to be Vigilant as Temperatures Heat Up
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OMAHA, NE (July 18, 2018) — It only takes a few minutes for the inside of a car to get dangerously hot, and the near record-high temperatures in many regions of the country this summer pose a greater risk for heatstroke tragedies. Since 1998, 764 children have died from heatstroke in hot cars according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Despite warnings from safety organizations, each year children continue to die from this needless tragedy.
“People often think that something like this could never happen to them,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “However, the majority of heatstroke deaths are accidents, where a parent or caregiver forgets the child is in the back seat.”
AAA and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation encourage anyone with small children to develop a regular, consistent reminder system for getting their children out of the car. In cases where children are left unintentionally, something usually happens — such as a change in routine — that takes the driver’s attention away from backseat passengers, especially when a child has fallen asleep.
“Child heatstroke deaths in vehicles are 100 percent preventable, and we want to make sure no parent or caregiver ever has to experience such unthinkable heartbreak,” said Rose White, spokesperson for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “We urge parents to think about their routines and what steps they can take to prevent a child from being left in the car.”
AAA and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation suggest the following safety tips to help keep children safe:
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose. Visit www.AAA.com/foundation for more information.
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.5 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 58 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.
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