Stricter laws for leaving children alone in car

Posted at 7:54 AM, Mar 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 09:22:26-04

A new proposal would make it illegal for any child younger than 8-years-old to be left alone in a car.

The New York State Senate voted on the legislation Monday. The vote now goes to the Assembly and will likely be voted on this week. 

Republican Senator Jack Martins from Long Island says cars shouldn't be used as "baby sitters" and that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to tragedy.

When the Senate voted on this proposal they cited data saying more than 700 children have died in the last 25 years across the country after being left alone in cars.

These incidents not uncommon in Western New York.

In May a two-year-old was left inside a car in the parking lot of Niagara County Community College. Two months later an 18-month-old was left in the parking lot of the Target on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.

Both parents were charged with disorderly conduct.