Signs pop up across Connecticut as reminders of hot car deaths

The Town of Wilton is just one of several areas that has signs with messages such as 'If you love 'em, don't leave 'em,' and 'Heat kills' posted in many shopping centers.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2023, 4:50 PM

Updated 287 days ago

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Signs stressing the importance of the dangers of leaving kids and pets in hot cars are popping up in towns across Connecticut.
The Town of Wilton is just one of several areas that has signs with messages such as 'If you love 'em, don't leave 'em,' and 'Heat kills' posted in many shopping centers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 38 children across the country lose their lives in hot cars each year.
According to Kids and Hot Car Safety, nine children in the U.S have died so far this year after they were left in a hot car.
Wilton Police Lt. Anna Tornello says kids and pets have the hardest time because they can't protect themselves.
"They can't open the door and get out or get a fresh sip of water," says Tornello. "So, it's your responsibility to pay attention to them."
Under the bipartisan infrastructure bill, the U.S. Department of Transportation must issue a rule by November that requires new cars under 10,000 pounds to have a rear seat reminder. It's an alert that reminds drivers to check the back seat after the car's engine is turned off.
Wilton police say they haven't had to intervene in any emergency situations involving hot car incidents this season.


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