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Okla. lawmaker eyeing new legislation for children left in hot cars

TULSA, Okla._ Temperatures are expected to be back on the rise this week, and one Oklahoma lawmaker is urging parents to be on alert about leaving children in hot cars.

Oklahoma State Representative Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa) says he's considering filing legislation that would give people the power to do whatever is necessary to save a child's life in that situation without the threat of being sued.

In just 10 minutes the temperature inside a hot car can rise more than 20 degrees. This year, 17 children have died nationally from heat stroke after being left inside a hot car. One of those deaths happened last month in Ardmore. Rep. Mathews says he is alarmed at the rate this is happening.

“We want to study this and talk about the positives and negatives before we take action, but I want to bring this to people's attention; we want to save lives,” says Mathews.

His top priority is looking at the role good Samaritans play when they see a child sitting unattended in a hot car. He hopes informal meetings on possible legislation will start in the coming weeks.

 

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