Shoe Trick Could Prevent Kids Left In Hot Cars

STAUNTON, Va. - Not only are pets left in hot cars, sometimes, children are too.

"It's really sad, I actually can't read it because I just sit there and cry and my kids are like, what's wrong," said Roberts.

Nationally, 14 children have already died due to being left in hot cars this year.

"I can see how people get distracted and it can happen, so it's kind of terrifying, every time you get in the car," said Roberts.

Roberts was surprised to hear about a campaign that's gaining attention called "Never Left In A Hot Car",

It's a simple shoe trick that's hoping to put an end to these situations.
The campaign encourages you to take off your left shoe and put it in the back seat with your child. They said that this will help you not forget that there is a child in the car.

Waynesboro Police Sergeant Brian Edwards said that one case anywhere is too many, and people need to pay more attention to prevent this.

"That little gesture of maybe leaving a shoe in the back seat could maybe save a child's life and spare a family of unspeakable tragedy," said Edwards, "They just need that moment where they stop and just kind of have that memory, I've got my child in the car."

Roberts thinks this is a clever idea that she hopes catches on.

"I think the shoe thing is great, because it gives you a way to check yourself because the last thing you want is something to happen to your child because they're the most important thing to you," said Roberts.

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