Posted: 3:58 pm Monday, July 14th, 2014

White House petition launched to address ‘hot car’ deaths 

By Jim Galloway

You had to see this one coming:

The “hot car” death of toddler Cooper Harris in Cobb County (among others) has resulted in an online White House petition pushed by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, KidsAndCars.org, and a few other groups.

Per Obama administration policy, they’ll need 100,000 signatures by Aug. 13 to elicit a response from the White House. They’ve got 404 as of this afternoon. Click here to see.

The demands of the petition:

• Provide funding for research and development of innovative technology.

• Identify, evaluate and test new technology to accelerate implementation of the most feasible and effective solutions.

• Require installation of technology in all vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone left alone in vehicles.

23 comments
Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I have no problem with technology, but Good God!  How hard is it to remember your child!?!  If you are too sleep deprived, drunk, or drug impaired you should not be driving!  And if you are so self-centered that you don't want the hassle of waking a child up to go into a store, you should be charged, convicted, and put in jail! There is little else more important than taking care of others and THEIR needs!

SickOfTheCrap
SickOfTheCrap

This is absolutely absurd! If you are too stupid to remember you have a child in the car, then you shouldn’t be having children in the first place. There is no need to waste tax payer’s money on yet another BS government funded project. I’m sick of being taxed to death when my tax dollars fund crap like this!

Frankie581000
Frankie581000

Have to agree with DontTread...the excuses that we have heard of late are nothing short of stupidity! The reason that some of these "parents" say when this happens are UNACCEPTABLE! The one that gets me boiling is the "I forgot", I FORGOT!....Then they do not need to be parents! How in the hell do you forget your CHILD is in the backseat, I don't care if you had a bad day, argument, in a hurry, whatever? Having raised two children, NOT ONCE did I ever "forget" about them, whether they were in the car, at the store or anywhere we went....Now there is a demand the that government get involved. If people can't take care of their children and protect them then DON'T have them!!

gatorboy76
gatorboy76

The way Obama has handled everything else, does a petition matters....it is common sense....sertilze the fools and throw them in jail.

honested
honested

Let's see, most modern vehicles include a security system, maybe add 'scream sensor' to trigger the alarm and get the attention of adults with good sense who may be passing by to extract the child (who, let's face it' won't just be quietly reacting to their desperate situation).

DontTread
DontTread

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.  But the online petition-signers haven't figured that one out yet.


Exactly how is the child seat going to let the child out of the car (and supervise them thereafter)?

TheOldMan
TheOldMan

The technology already exists.  A NASA engineer who's child died in a hot car came up with a solution.  The problem is that nobody will take on the legal liability to build and market it.  Seems I just saw a trial lawyer around here somewhere....

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

How about the condition of the person who left the child/dog in  a hot car, they too shall have that sentence!

EdUktr
EdUktr

Pushed by the Trial Lawyers Association? THERE'S your sign!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Petitions and laws and research can't cure the stupid that leads to people leaving their kids in cars while they shop, or work or imbibe. Nor can it cure the evil that possesses a low-life that does it on purpose to collect insurance or rid themselves of the 'problem' of having a child.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

And as a teacher of 4 decades, I can tell you there are too many parents who "forget" about their children the moment they are born!

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Frankie581000 What do you tell a dead child?  This technology isn't about the parents, it's about the children.  Although requiring older cars to be retrofitted is too much, I fail to see why adding newer features to new cars (in the future) is a bad thing.  Perhaps a small solar cell battery can be added that detects temperature inside the car, combined with some kind of life detector (baby cries, video camera, etc.) which would set off the car alarm and/or alert police, send a text to the idiot parent, etc.  I could not care less about the moronic parents, but the children are innocent.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@RoadScholar  My sentiments exactly, although I believe their new roommates, Bubba and his pals (or Bubbette, whichever the case may be) will show them some really hot times after the lights go out in the prison.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr  Your cluelessness is as deep as the Marianas Trench. There's what sign, exactly? Trial lawyers stand to make money defending the idiot scumbags who commit this type of crime, so how are they benefiting from its prevention, which I guess is what you are implying?

You need help dude, you get more and more irrational everyday, with every comment.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@BrennanMancil I'm not trying to belittle or deride this effort, but I believe every state has adopted "Good Samaritan" Laws that give legal protection to anyone delivering another person from peril. To extend it to saving pets is a good idea, though.

NWGAL
NWGAL

The real kicker is that the Huffington Post merely repeats the results of other people's polls, much like this part of the AJC does.