MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Local law enforcement is making a push to keep kids safe this summer.
But they’re not the only ones you have to worry about overheating in a hot car.
Assistant Deputy Chief Mark Dunbar with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department joined us on Live at 9 to explain. Law enforcement is urging the community use caution and extra care with children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
You’re reminded that you could face felony charges for leaving a victim in a hot car. Should the person die, it’s possible the responsible adult could also face homicide charges.
So far this year, at least 13 children have died nationwide due to vehicular hyperthermia.
With an outdoor temperature of 80 degrees the inside temperature of a car can jump to more than 120 degrees in less than an hour.