To the Editor:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), since 1998 an estimated 801 children sweltered to death inside hot vehicles.
These easily preventable occurrences account for one of the leading causes of death for children 14 and under. It is predicted over 40 kids could die by heat stroke this summer as a result of being left inside an unattended automobile.
An article printed by USA Today mentions parents forgetting children in their car as often as somebody locks their keys inside their vehicle. This occurs predominantly in July, as celebrating Independence Day can become very distracting to our regular schedule.
My suggestion is to have businesses hire parking lot patrols to monitor this deadly situation. By doing so, they can concurrently avert suspicious activity while being a guardian angel for parents.
Meter maids also need to become more proactive. Priorities for the meter patrol should be as follows: first, be on the lookout for forgotten children inside vehicles while also having a keen eye for suspicious activity.
Second, check to see if people put the quarter in the meter but having the ability to write a ticket expeditiously so the patrol can move on and check a greater quantity of vehicles.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.