Gov. DeSantis signs bill making April ‘Hot Car Death Prevention Month’

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Bradley.

Future Aprils will see an increased governmental focus on ensuring that young children are not left unattended in hot vehicles, now that “Ariya’s Law” is part of Florida Statute.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed off on SB 554, a piece of legislation that makes April “Hot Car Death Prevention Month,” intended “to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in motor vehicles and how to prevent hot car deaths from occurring.”

The legislation from Sen. Jennifer Bradley of Fleming Island is intended to “encourage” the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health, local governments and other agencies “to sponsor events that promote public awareness and education on the dangers of leaving children unattended in motor vehicles and how to prevent hot car deaths.”

The bill stresses “motor vehicle safety for children,” including informing people of “criminal penalties associated with leaving a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle” and ways a “bystander” can “rescue a child who is unattended in a motor vehicle and vulnerable or in imminent danger of suffering harm.”

The bill is named after 10-month-old Ariya Paige, a Baker County baby who was left in a vehicle by a babysitter and died from the July heat.

“Since 1998, Florida has had the second largest number of child heatstroke deaths in vehicles (110), second only to Texas (143),” a bill analysis notes. Of that number, seven of those deaths, including Ariya’s, happened last year.

Bradley, who represents Baker County, said in a committee stop the bill was close to her heart and that she can’t “imagine what that family has endured.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

    April 6, 2024 at 1:04 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    This is the type of Sage Legislation sure to make “The Ronald” The Bestest VPOTUS Ever.
    In fact polling indicates 63.47% of all Democrats plan to vote Trump just praying that Trump picks “The Ronald” as his VPOTUS.
    Of course we cant totally Relax our Sphincters until after Don & Ron are in The White House. But I, Earl Pitts American, give you permission to 1/2 way Relax Your Sphinctrs for 30 days.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 6, 2024 at 1:18 pm

      hey sphincter man. seen or felt any new sphincters lately. being the sphincter man i know that a constant immersion in all thing’s sphincter is what you fanatically crave. a sphincter when you get up, and a sphincter right before you go to bed. and then if you are lucky, there will be sphincters around you all day long. does your house smell like sphincter? do you crave the taste of sphincter? i just don’t get why you are in love with all things sphincter. happy sphincter day to you. oh, i forgot, every day is sphincter day to you.

      • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

        April 6, 2024 at 2:09 pm

        Excellant and well done Rick,
        Just as a reminder we are all set to begin marketing our product “Sphinct-laxium” world-wide on The Fox Network. Setting our Air-Time right behind every Mike Lindell’s advertizing. Thats right he is “That My Pillow Guy”.
        Each jar of “Sphinct-laxium” will have your picture on it Rick. Your family will be proud to tell their bestys that your picture is in every Bathroom in The Free World.
        Mike Huckabee alerady has his sleep meds he’s Hawking on Fox named “Relaxium” so our laywers have agreed to pay Huckabee a nickel for each bottle o f “Sphinct-laxium” which we sell.
        Rick I’m going to need you to star in our Fox commercials. So if you will keep Fox on in your home 24/7 and carefully study how Huckabee sells his “Relax-ium” thats exactly what I need you to do. Only difference you will subisitute the word of our product, “Sphinct-laxium”. And best of all, Rick, I am upping your commission on each bottle sold from 1/3 a cent to a genourous entire 1 cent per bottle sold.
        Thanks Rick and congrats on that generorous per bottle sold bonus!
        Earl Pitts “Sphinct-laxium King” American

        • Rick Whitaker

          April 6, 2024 at 11:05 pm

          earl, a punk’s punk, yes that name fits you well. how nasty can the sphincter man get, pretty nasty. and don’t forget yesterday’s news, that woul be a good name for you. you are about as interesting as yesterday’s news. yesterday’s news, mayor of nowhere. i think i could take you.

  • Michael roberts

    April 6, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    April ? how about July August when it is actually hot . people have Short memories … ron

    • Cheesy Floridian

      April 7, 2024 at 1:01 pm

      DeSantis doesn’t think about these things

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 11, 2024 at 9:56 am

    Why not make it be year round by eliminating the laws requiring parents to put their children in the back seat where they are forgotten to death far more often than any met their demise in the front seat from whatever was supposedly so dangerous in the front seat?

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      April 11, 2024 at 9:58 am

      It’s not about saving baby lives.

      It’s about controlling women.

      Back seat babies and back alley abortions.

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