"Look Before You Lock" Effort Launched

Aug 4, 2014

State officials are bringing attention to the problem of children left alone in hot cars.
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A campaign to raise awareness about the problem of leaving children alone in hot cars is being launched in Connecticut, weeks after the death of a Ridgefield toddler. 

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, and various organizations on Monday announced the state Department of Transportation is providing a $100,000 grant to fund the new "Look Before You Lock" campaign.

The campaign follows the death of 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz. Police said his father was supposed to drop him off at day care, but instead went to work and left him in the parked vehicle.

Dr. Brendan Campbell, director of pediatric trauma at Connecticut Children's Hospital, said children are especially vulnerable to heatstroke, and parents should make it a habit to check their back seats after every ride.