Posted: 10:02 am Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Dad issues hot car challenge 

By Helena Oliviero

Terry Bartley of North Carolina was so moved by the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris he decided to sit in a hot car on a summer day — and record a video of the experiment.

With sweat pouring down his face, he looks into the camera and says:

“I wanna know how it feels to be out in the car and sitting in the back seat, strapped into a car seat with the windows up and doors probably locked” he says. “I’m sweating. Like I can barely breathe out here.”

The father of 4, 7 and 14 said he wanted to raise awareness about what it’s like in a hot car and how   quickly being inside a hot car with the windows rolled up can turn dangerous.

 You can check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuCtadNRAeA

 Justin Ross Harris, father of Cooper is charged with murder and second-degree child cruelty, and remains behind bars. Police say Harris left Cooper, strapped into a car seat under a baking sun for seven hours while he went to work. Harris maintains it was accident.

Terry’s video has gone viral with more than 1 million views and has inspired others to take the hot car challenge, with others posting videos — some with their pets!

At least 44 children died from child vehicular heatstroke in 2013, according to kidsandcars.org.

But do these efforts, however well-intentioned make a difference? Or are they just dangerous?

Meanwhile, the “hot car” death of toddler Cooper in Cobb County (among others) has resulted in an online White House petition pushed by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, KidsAndCars.org, and a few other groups.

Per Obama administration policy, they’ll need 100,000 signatures by Aug. 13 to elicit a response from the White House. They’ve got 404 as of yesterday afternoon. The demands of the petition:

• Provide funding for research and development of innovative technology.

• Identify, evaluate and test new technology to accelerate implementation of the most feasible and effective solutions.

• Require installation of technology in all vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone left alone in vehicles.

What do you think of these latest developments?

 

16 comments
missnadine
missnadine

That said - the video guy makes some excellent points, and I appreciate his "tell it like it is" attitude.

missnadine
missnadine

If people want to post themselves in a hot car - good for them- but geez, why put your animals in the video?

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

He has 25 children?  Or are those the AGES of his kids?


I want to start a petition to make it a federal crime to leave a child in a car, period!  Whether "by accident" or "just for a moment" (convenience) make it a mandatory 60 day sentence, plus investigation by DFACS, plus court costs and a heavy fine.  And an immediate trial.  And if the parent escapes, as the one did today here, double the sentence.  We'd see a lot less of this.


We don't need technology.  We need adults to think of someone besides themselves!

scrappy-22
scrappy-22

A link to the petition would be appreciated! 


If there is a way to make the car seat prevent a child from being left in a car, I am all for it. But, I would like to see the technology before saying it must a requirement. 


How would it know if the car was stopped, but the AC was on? Or the windows down? Interesting... 

RealKat
RealKat

I really don't think the idea of taking the "hot car challenge" is a good thing to publicize or suggest. Who are the first idiots to take on a challenge? A stupid teenager, that's who! Cinnamon challenge?

TechMom1
TechMom1

I 'get' the occassional parent doing this but what's up with the rash of parents leaving their kids in cars lately? I swear almost daily since Cooper's death I've seen stories about this including the moron who had to go to court yesterday in ClayCo and left his 3 month old in the car because he thought he couldn't take her in (http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/father-arrested-after-leaving-baby-in-car-at-clayt/ngfmk/?icmp=ajc_internallink_textlink_homepage)


I don't think that government intervention is the answer, statistically speaking anyway. 

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

I got a better idea. Stop having children if you are too dumb to be a responsible parent. Any efforts taken to reduce unwanted childbirth is attacked by the christian right as being unchristian, however those idiots refuse to provide any post natal support.

Moe_Green
Moe_Green

@searcherchic How will signing a petition help? Seems to me, another way to shift blame away from crappy parenting to the government.

NewName
NewName

@Wascatlady


Those are ages of his children "The father of 4, 7 and 14 " the thought and sentence are incomplete, but come on and use some context clues!??!?!


Also, you might want to work on learning the difference between state and federal laws and agencies before you start that petition. Also, a speedy trial for this offense would leave many others in jeopardy of not getting their speedy trial. GA already has a backlog of cases due to a deficit and a lack of funding. 

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@RealKat 

If you need to either see, or be part of a video to understand the dangers of excessive heat, then you should not have children.....Or pets.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@Rory_Bellows  Finally, Rory bellows some common sense...well , mostly, since he is stretching it a bit by saying that the Christian right is attacking efforts to reduce unwanted childbirths; but he is closer to being rational with this post than most of his other bellowing...

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@Surelyyoujest @Rory_Bellows 

Apparently you have not kept up with current events......

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Court held for the first time that for-profit companies have a right to the free exercise of religion and may use it to deny women insurance coverage for contraceptives

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@Rory_Bellows @Surelyyoujest  Geez, Rory, I was giving you kudos - but since you brought it up - It was the SUPREME COURT of the United States that issued that ruling, not the religious right. 

And, when bellowing, at least get your facts straight - Hobby Lobby only objected to 4 of the 20 contraceptives that people would like to have covered - that means, in higher math terms, that Hobby Lobby WILL support 16 contraceptive methods that their female employees may want to use to prevent conception...you may now carry on...

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@Wascatlady  - Maybe, maybe not!


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