New Florida law requires alarms in effort to halt hot car deaths

Day care facilities must install alarms in child transport vehicles

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that requires day care facilities to install alarms in their transport vehicles.

Under the measure, day care facilities across the state will be required to install after-market car alarms, if they are not already included. The alarms alert drivers if someone or something is left in the back seats.

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State Sen. Linda Stewart, of Orlando, introduced the legislation in the Senate and has been trying to pass SB 252, or the “Child Safety Alarm Act,” for years.

In 2017, 3-year-old Myles Hill died after being left in the back of a hot day care van for up to 11 hours in Orlando.

The law goes into effect in October.

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