With news of children dying in hot cars sadly nothing new in South Florida, efforts are underway to change that. Palm Beach County State Representative Emily Slosberg is working on a bill that would get rid of what she considers to be a loophole in the current law.
Florida law states that it's legal to leave a child under the age of six in a car unattended for up to 15 minutes, as long as the motor is off. Slosberg wants to do away with the 15 minute exception, so that parents would be breaking the law if they leave their child behind, period.
According to child safety advocate KidsandCars.org, there have so far been 26 hot car deaths in the U.S. this year and four of those have been in Florida.
On average, 37 children die per year from heat-related deaths in vehicles.
A Delray Beach toddler died after somehow getting trapped inside a car outside his father's home earlier this month.
Slosberg's bill, once it's crafted, won't be filed until the next Legislative session which begins in January.