(El Centro Police issue a summer reminder)…Commander Robert Sawyer says with increased temperatures, there are increased dangers.
Sawyer says leaving a child of any age in a vehicle and unattended is dangerous and sometimes fatal. He says on an average, a child dies every ten days from heat related injury. The Commander says the El Centro P.D. is reminding all parents, guardians, caregivers and baby-sitters to be educated on the severe dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. He says in 2014, 17 children died throughout the United States due to automobile heat-related deaths. Sawyer said that number is down from the 44 reported nationally the year before, but it is still unacceptable. The Commander says if you see a child left in a vehicle unattended at any time, call law enforcement immediately. You may be saving a life. Motorists are also reminded to keep their vehicles locked to avoid children playing in cars during the summer months and to prevent theft. Sawyer says make it a habit of checking your vehicle’s seats, front and back, before locking the vehicle and walking away.