Few People Charged Over Kids Left In Hot Cars, Despite Tougher Laws


A small percentage of emergency call-outs to children trapped in hot cars leads to charges against a parent or carer.

There were 24 offences recorded by police, between October, 2014, and September, 2015, for cases where children were left unsupervised in cars.

Throughout 2015, there were 1531 calls to 000 because a child was spotted abandoned in a hot car — up about 40 per cent on the previous year.

There was also an increase in serious cases where paramedics had to treat children at the scene after freeing them from vehicles.

It comes as a total fire ban was announced in the central and south west areas of Victoria and Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Newham said we were looking at a hot week ahead.

Laws to crack down on parents and carers who put kids in danger were toughened last year, and can lead to fines of up to $3690 or even six months in jail.

The legislation covers all incidents where children are left unsupervised or without care, and were used 34 times for other cases last year, such as when children were left on streets or in venues.

Read more at Herald Sun.

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