Would new technology save lives for day-care children?

A simple seat sensor or alarm button in child-care vehicles could have spared the lives of two Florida toddlers who died last month after being forgotten in hot vans, state legislators from Orlando say. Now, they’re proposing a new law to require the technology.

“We’ve had two deaths with day-care centers back to back. And it’s like this every summer — because we live in Florida,” said State Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando. “We have a checks-and-balance system where two people are supposed to sign that all the kids have gotten off, but if that worked, children wouldn’t be dying. We can’t leave this to human error.”

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