All around Boise, you’ll see flyers, posters and even stickers that are designed to help remind you to keep a look out for kids who may be left in cars, and to help parents and caregivers make a habit of checking for children before leaving a vehicle.
Even the most loving, caring and protective parents have accidentally forgotten a child in a car. In April this year, three children died in Florida and Arizona. Since 1998, 798 children in the U.S. have died that way, according to data collected by San Jose State University. They range in age from five days old to 14. Last year was a sad record-setter with 52 kids killed in hot cars.
As part of the “Look Before You Lock” campaign, local businesses like Albertson’s, Jacksons, Boise Towne Square, Walmart, Zamzows and Petco will put out special flyers and large posters. Small stickers are also being handed out for people to put on their work badges, cell phones, inside their cars, anywhere that might serve as a trigger to ensure their children weren’t accidentally or unintentionally left behind.