MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 Noon ET
Contact:  Bill Bronrott, 202-270-4415, bronrott@gmail.com
                  Amber Andreasen, 913-205-6973 , Amber@KidsAndCars.org

NATIONAL HEATSTROKE PREVENTION DAY - MON. JULY 31
Look Before You Lock!

HOT CARS Act of 2017 - S.1666
MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL



WHAT:
Parents who have suffered the loss of a child from vehicular heatstroke will join safety advocates to call on the U.S. Senate to enact the
Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act (S. 1666) - legislation to be announced on Monday to require cars to be equipped with existing technology to alert motorists that a child is in the rear seat when the car is turned off. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Al Franken (D-MN) are the chief sponsors.

The parents and safety advocates will:
  • Release latest statistics showing an alarming rise in vehicular heatstroke deaths so far this year compared to the first seven months of 2016.
  • Provide a status report on the HOT CARS Act , including recent movement of the companion bill (H.R. 2801) in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-13-OH), Peter King (R-2-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-9-IL) and cosponsored by 9 other House members.
  • Issue safety tips for parents and caregivers on this National Heatstroke Prevention Day - the eve of the start of the second most deadly month of the year for hot car deaths.

WHEN:  MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017 -
National Heatstroke Prevention Day
               12:00 noon ET

WHO:
  • Lindsey Rogers-Seitz , of Colorado, became an advocate for technology to warn drivers of a child's presence in the car after her son Benjamin, at age 15 months, died from heatstroke when his father unknowingly left him in the car in Ridgefield, CT on July 7, 2014.
  • William and Michelle Puckett of Winchester, KY (near Lexington), whose son Bryan, at age 11 months, died from heatstroke when his childcare giver left him in her car at a shopping mall for two hours on July 13, 1999.  William is Battalion Chief for the Clark County Fire Department.
  • Janette Fennell , President and Founder, KidsAndCars.org
  • Jackie Gillan , President,   Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

HOW TO JOIN THE MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL:
           U.S. Toll Free:  800-875-3456
           Canadian Toll Free: 800-648-0973
           International Toll:  302-607-2001

          Verbal Passcode (to be given to operator) GILL54327

LOCAL NEWS INTERVIEWS:
Parents and families who unknowingly left children in hot cars may be available for news interviews in their local communities. If interested, please inquire about availability by contacting Amber Andreasen at Amber@KidsAndCars.org or 913-205-6973.


 
 


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