Children Left In Cars Alone

It could become against the law in North Carolina to leave children alone in cars in certain situations.

A bill introduced into the N.C. House would make it against the law for parents or caregivers to leave children who are eight years old or younger in a car without someone who is at least 14 years in old, in certain situations. For instance, the motor can't be running, and the keys can't be anywhere in the car if the driver is out of sight of the vehicle.

Also, the bill states the adult can't leave young children in the car if there's a reasonable risk present to the child's health or safety.

Representative Alice Underhill, who represents Craven and Pamlico Counties is the sponsor of this bill.


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  • by George Location: Kinston on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    It is a crying shame that something that is just common sense has to be put into law. We must have some pretty stupid parents in this State.
  • by kinston Location: nc on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Children should never be alone in the car! Child molesters, auto theft, fire all come to mind. I agree with first post. It should come down to common sense but that fails if you don't have any. My clients drive up beside our building all the time and leave their children in the car, just for a moment. Strangley, they fail to realize the vehicle is running and is pointing right on to the street. Just jump in and take off, child and all. Ludicrous!
  • by Gail Location: Roper,NC on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    We can't stop legislation on such problems, until common sense is put in use.
  • by ls Location: nb on Mar 27, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    well duh...like previously said....common sense should tell ya better. Ignorance should be 'smacked in the head' instead of becoming legislature....maybe politicians could focus on important matters more.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    When are we going to stop trying to legislate commen sense?
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