The Department of Transportation, along with the Department of Health and Human Services is sending an important message to parents, look before you lock, stressing that hot car deaths don't have to happen.
The "Look Before You Lock" campaign is a reminder to parents to be extra careful with your children during the hot months of summer. The record summer heat and a child left alone inside a hot car is a deadly combination.
"Since 1998, 532 children nationwide have lost their lives to vehicular heatstroke, most of those children were ages 3 or younger," said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.
Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health & Human Services said, "Parents need to get in the habit of looking in the backseat before they lock a car and bus drivers who transport children back and forth to pre-school and child care programs need to walk to the back and look at every seat to make sure there's no child sleeping or playing quietly still in the bus."
For more information on tips to keep your children safe during the summer heat, you can log onto www.safercar.gov .