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Louisiana Officer Locks Himself Inside Hot Vehicle to Prove a Point


Posted On behalf of Simien & Simien on Jul 10, 2014 in Automotive

In May 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was reminding parents to “Look Before You Lock.” A recent series of toddler deaths has brought this topic back into the spotlight. This year alone, fifteen children have died in the United States after being left alone in a hot car.

The Thibodaux Police Department conducted an experiment to show just how dangerous conditions inside a vehicle can become in just a matter of minutes. Under controlled conditions, Officer David Melancon sat in his police car without air conditioning to see how hot the vehicle may become in 10 minutes. Melancon began sweating within seconds. After nine minutes, he said he could barely breathe in the 100-degree conditions.

In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20 degrees more and cracking a window does little to keep the car cool. Even in temperatures in the 60s, a car can heat up to more than 110 degrees inside. Additionally, a child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. A child can die if their temperature reaches 107 degrees.

Watch the video below to see how Officer Melancon fared during the experiment.

If you are involved in an accident or if a caregiver has left your child in a vehicle without supervision and this led to injuries, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages.

Contact the Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys from Simien & Simien at (800)374-8422 to learn more about your legal rights.