Only one month remains in this year’s “Don’t Leave Me Behind” vehicular heatstroke awareness campaign, but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is asking for renewed commitment in keeping the number of lives lost this year at zero.
“It was exactly this time last year in our campaign that we saw the tragic deaths of two young children in Maricopa County due to being left in a hot vehicle. We must not become complacent, given that these types of deaths are 100 percent preventable,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.
Across the nation this year, 29 incidents of children dying after being left inside unattended vehicles have been reported. So far this summer, Maricopa County has not had any reported cases of a child or pet dying because of vehicular heat stroke.
Normally, this would indicate that the “Don’t Leave Me Behind” message is being heard. However, just two weeks ago, a 4-year-old boy was left in a parked car at Lake Pleasant. A good Samaritan heard the boy, checked the vehicle’s door and was able to free the child and wait with him until emergency responders arrived, all in line with the “Good Samaritan” law.
More information on the “Don’t Leave Me Behind” vehicular heatstroke awareness campaign and the “Good Samaritan” law can be found at www.safekidsaz.org/vehicular-heatstroke.