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July 3, 2013

Kids die in parked cars

Ada —

 Here we go again. The mercury rises close to 100 degrees and small children, pets and sometimes the elderly, die inside parked cars.

Not because they have to, but because drivers can’t remember what small people  they’re carting around.

It’s early July, and already U.S. motorists have killed off a dozen children because their parents or guardians forgot about them.

Look, I’m as a forgetful as they come, but I’ve never burned up a kid or a dog inside a car.

It’s enough the make you think;  “What are they thinking?"

If you say they’re not, you’re wrong. Nobody is that empty-headed. They’re thinking about too many things, obviously, and their priorities are way out of balance.

We hear about these deaths and we want to find these people and shake them good and hard, then lecture them with righteous indignation.

That might help us, but it’s not going to help them. OK, so maybe a little revenge isn’t such a bad thing. But once the shaking is over and we feel better, the infant, the toddler and the pooch are still dead.

Those responsible have to live with that for the rest of their lives. It’s not like they’re going to get away with this.

Considering all the children we’ve lost in terroristic attacks in the last few months, it’s tempting to throw up our hands and admit, “We just can’t protect our young anymore.”

But there are some things we can do to protect ourselves against ourselves.

AAA Oklahoma has sent out its annual recommendations to help prevent this kind of tragedy.

Right now is the time to take a look and make sure we never subject one of our little people to such a fate.

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