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Now that we are preparing for warmer weather, it is time to remember that small children are at risk if left inside an idle vehicle. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach fatal levels in a matter of minutes. A vehicle can heat up by 20 degrees inside within 10 minutes! DO NOT PUT A CHILD AT RISK OF HEATSTROKE OR DEATH.
There is never a justification for leaving a child unattended inside a vehicle. If a vehicle is left running with the air conditioning on, this does not mean that a child is safe. This poses other potential dangers—child abduction, a vehicle accident, or the child attempts to drive the vehicle. NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A PARKED CAR.
The following safety tips are recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
If you turn these tips into habits, it will ensure that you do not forget a child inside a vehicle.
Here are some of the Arizona Revised Statutes that could apply as a consequence:
13-1201. Endangerment; classification
A. A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury.
B. Endangerment involving a substantial risk of imminent death is a class 6 felony. In all other cases, it is a class 1 misdemeanor.
13-3619. Permitting life, health or morals of minor to be imperiled by neglect, abuse or immoral associations; classification
A person having custody of a minor under sixteen years of age who knowingly causes or permits the life of such minor to be endangered, its health to be injured or its moral welfare to be imperiled, by neglect, abuse or immoral associations, is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.
13-1103. Manslaughter; classification
A. A person commits manslaughter by:
1. Recklessly causing the death of another person
Manslaughter is a class 2 felony.
If you have any questions about public safety issues, please contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator at (480) 474-5442.