Texas 5th Grader’s Invention Could Save Children from Heat Stroke in Cars
The number of children who die from heat stroke as a result from being left in hot cars is not going down. In 2016, the total number of children fatalities in the United States was 39. In 2015, 24 children died and in 2014 the death toll was 31, according to noheatstoke.org.
With Texas being one of the warmer climates in the country, it had the highest number of cases with six Texas children who tragically died in vehicles by mid-August. This is a real issue that costs a number of children's lives every year and one Texas 5th grader decided enough is enough.
A brilliant McKinney 10-year-old, Bishop Curry V, has a provisional patent for a life-saving invention and people are paying attention. After Bishop heard about a local child who died in a hot car, he came up with Oasis - a device that attaches to the top of a car seat. It can tell when a child is left behind and will blow cool air to keep the child from overheating. It will also send alerts to the local authorities and the parents.
The young creator told NBCDFW:
It would be a dream to have lots of inventions that would save many lives.
There are 20 states in the U.S. that have Unattended Child Laws in place with Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana among them.
This is the statute for Texas:
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.10 (2014). Leaving a Child in a Vehicle (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly leaves a child in a motor vehicle for longer than five minutes, knowing that the child is: (1) younger than seven years of age; and National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse National District Attorneys Association http://www.ndaa.org/ncpca_state_statutes.html 26 (2) not attended by an individual in the vehicle who is 14 years of age or older. (b) An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. CREDIT(S) Added by Acts 1984, 68th Leg., 2nd C.S., ch. 24, § 1, eff. Oct. 2, 1984. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, § 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.