New law would require day cares to add extra safety to child transportation vehicles

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Big changes may come to day cares to make sure no child is left behind in a sweltering hot car.

This year alone, more than 50 children in the United States have died from heat stroke after sitting in hot cars.

But this piece of legislation, which is currently working it’s way through Florida Senate would look to reduce those numbers by equipping day care vans with an alarm system.

The alarm would remind those you have entrusted to watch your kids to double check the back seat before they lock the car.

Executive Director of All Aboard Preschool, Ann Marie Walsh has seen tragedies unfold, and she does all she can to prevent it from happening again.

“We’ve had a child that was here before it was actually left in their parents car, so we are very very prone to safety here,” Walsh said.

That happened several years ago, during a week when day care was closed, but it hit close to home for All Aboard Day Care, which added the extra layer of safety to their van policies.

“We have a policy of a double man check system, once the children are all checked in. The manager goes out to the van, re-opens the doors to check through the van to make sure there is no child left on the floor or in a seat sleeping,” Walsh said.

But a new push for safety could prove costly for programs like hers.

“It’s a double edge sword, safety is the main concern. The cost may not be so helpful for daycare’s,” said Walsh.

If passed, Senate bill 88 would require day cares to equip transport vans with an alarm system, reminding drivers to double check the back seat before walking away from the vehicle.

But Walsh fears the tab would cost $5,000 to equip all of her vans.

If approved, law makers hope this will take effect on January 1, 2021.

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