Parents are often tempted to leave their children in the car while they run a quick errand. Many parents remember their own parents doing this to them when they were kids. But our current understanding is that leaving kids in cars is dangerous. Not only is it a crime to leave kids unattended in a car, it also exposes them to a number of potential dangers.
- Heat injuries.
Nevada’s hot weather makes cars especially dangerous places for small children. In addition to the highly publicized problem of children being killed when trapped in cars, children can suffer lasting health effects from heat stroke and sunburn. A parent who leaves a child in a hot car may face charges of child endangerment or even manslaughter.
- Risk of mechanical injury.
Even if a car is parked where it won’t get hot in the sun, a child who is allowed to freely roam inside a car can fall or get trapped in various ways. A child who is trapped inside a car with no way to call for help could suffer injuries that are only made worse by the length of time it takes to discover them and seek medical help.
- Exposure to predators.
A child left alone in a car becomes an easy target for someone who would seek to do them harm. With child trafficking an increasingly significant problem, it’s wise to not discount the threat of kidnapping. Infants and very small children are especially vulnerable.
- The rights of rescuers.
If someone spots a child trapped in a parked vehicle and calls the authorities, police or other first responders are allowed to break into a car to rescue the child. They may do so without liability to the owner of the vehicle. Imagine coming out of the grocery store to find a squad of firefighters smashing your car’s windows to get to your child.
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