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Look Before You Lock

GasBuddy Blog -- Some people might think this message shouldn't have to be communicated, but if it prevents one accident, one needless fatality, then it's worthwhile.

With summer's heat and the inherent risk it brings, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants you to take special precautions about leaving children or anyone alone in a parked car...even for a few minutes.

NHTSA has joined Safe Kids, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials and health professionals nationwide to discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries in hot cars and urge parents and caregivers to think "Where's baby? Look before you lock."


When outside temperatures are in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle...


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Submitted Jul 24, 2012 By: PD
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QuagmireLA
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2012 6:35:55 PM

It kinda confused me in the last 3 paragraphs. While leaving a giant stuffed panda in the driver's seat would indeed remind me about a kid in the back. Don't you think driving from the passenger seat, so the panda can occupy the driver's seat would radically increase the odds of an accident while in motion. Maybe it's from the mind of Obama.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 4:37:54 AM

airforce: one woman here in town "forgot" the infant in the car while she played hours of Farmville inside a friend's house.

I don't get it, I have to admit. Two and four-legged family are more important to me than playing a stupid game, but it seems, in today's world, I may be the exception.
airforceram
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2012 1:45:59 AM

How could you leave a child in a car? A wife or husband i can understand, but not kids or animals.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2012 6:39:54 AM

diamar: prosecution is being done (not persecution, look up the difference), but it still happens, and it seems to happen with higher frequencies lately as people are more concerned about smartphones, sharing their location, and what-have-you rather than being concerned about the safety of a child (or pet).
Ahking
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2012 2:16:58 PM

good reminder
bikerchicklette
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 8:18:56 AM

wow !!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 5:07:29 AM

shouldn't that be just "normal" (oh wait, in an age where FB and twitter status updates are more important than thinking of your kid or pet, I guess that's no longer "normal").
bikerchicklette
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:54:00 AM

yea ?
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 4:35:57 PM

On Jul 25, 2012 5:27:47 AM, diamar03 wrote:

>No I am inclined to think someone forgetting they have a child in the car
>is totally asinine or drug related and should be persecuted to the fullest.

I think the word you mean here is PROSECUTED. Or do you want them to be PERSECUTED instead?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:48:34 AM

Good reminder.
madison8359
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:17:06 AM

And we have to be reminded of this?
diamar03
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:27:47 AM

Unfortuantely this message is applicable and should always be reiterated. There have been numerous stories about people leaving their childre, and pets in cars. Now I am inclined to think someone forgetting they have a child in the car that they just buckled in is totally asinine or drug related and should be persecuted to the fullest.
NSP31A
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:22:35 AM

That is unbelievable to leave a baby or small child in the car. How mindless does one have to be to forget that a person whom he or she had to strap in 20 minutes before? What is wrong with these people?
TekWare
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:18:30 AM

Old story. Still left out pets.
otherdave
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:15:23 AM

At least 1 child has already died in Indiana.
myambro
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:15:08 AM

Simple.
cableman31
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:12:08 AM

A very simple remedy, never leave anyone in a hot car.They are much better off outside the car even in the sun.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:11:02 AM

Same comment as yesterday............ slow news day, 2nd repeated story.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:10:31 AM

Stupid is as stupid does.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:10:07 AM

Same answer as yesterday. My kids always come with me, or I leave them at home with the wife or somebody else. Never by themselves, and certainly never in the car.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:09:31 AM

cars can turn into little Easy Bake ovens kinda quick
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:09:07 AM

Another repeat
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:08:34 AM

OK
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:08:28 AM

that is stupid
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:06:31 AM

ok
2granny
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:05:14 AM

"Common Sense" is the answer.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:04:18 AM

Good
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:04:08 AM

only common sense...
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:03:53 AM

ok
laurash01
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:03:50 AM

yes you should
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:03:43 AM

Yup, lock the kids in the car and go into a nice air conditioned bar for a couple cool ones.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:02:44 AM

Have people forgot about "Common Sense"?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:01:57 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:01:46 AM

ok
Digger52
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:01:18 AM

Old news, but something worth mentioning again. . .
bart_reed
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:00:43 AM

Hot steamed kids and pets?
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:00:26 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:00:18 AM

Some people should not be allowed to reproduce or own pets.
RogerB
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:59:47 AM

This looks familiar. I believe I commented on this yesterday.
BlackGumTree
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:56:56 AM

Some people are not bright enough to have kids, pets, or others to take care of.
dky63
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:54:38 AM

We should lock careless parents and pet owners in the car
JediKnight
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:53:58 AM

Seems simple enough... but then how many people forget to NOT use their smartphone while driving? So many things should be "automatic" in peoples minds... but I'm sure there are people here thinking "It's OK... I've done it before and it was OK...".

So the child/pet "suffers" a few minutes in the vehicle... how will the Driver know he/she did wrong? Course when those few minutes turn into 1/2 hour or hours (Because Mommy/Daddy "lost track of time") there is no excuse.

Hope people realize their Bad Habits more clearly, like leaving kids/pets in a Hot Car seems a no-brainer. Now if only people would stop Drinking and Driving... 30+ years of MADD you'd think people would learn.
IleanaTX
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:52:48 AM

Even with this kind of repetitive information is sad that tragedies will continue to happen
ss70
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:51:56 AM

How come govt needs to tell parents how to behave ... Just throw them in jail for doing harm to kids .
UncaLar
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:51:39 AM

Still hard to believe some parents are still idiots and haven't learned!
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:51:32 AM

A little dollop of common sense goes a long way
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:50:05 AM

No kidding!
bbthegun
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:49:37 AM

old message... people are still stupid if they leave their kids in the car.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:49:34 AM

Safety first...
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:47:49 AM

old
SUPPER
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 9:46:18 AM

Old
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