CAMERON COUNTY, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — More than 80 American children have died after being left in hot vehicles, within the last three years.
Now a local official is hoping to combat that statistic, Cameron County DA Luis Saenz is behind a campaign called "Look before you Lock." It's designed to prevent parental carelessness about leaving their children behind in hot vehicles.
Saenz says that if all the windows are rolled up on an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 130 degrees. Since children are more sensitive to heat, they can become victims much faster, sometimes, in a matter of minutes
Cameron County DA Luis Saenz stated, "According to the medical experts, it takes anywhere from about three to seven minutes of a child left in a locked car under 145 degrees and he will die of a heat exhaustion. This is just a program to make the public aware, educate them about these dangers and how they're lurking and to be, just you know, trying to prevent it. We would much rather do it this way then to try and have a trial in court because somebody is being charged with the death of a child."