(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- With temperatures on the rise the Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging motorists to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
In a news release the THP said the temperature inside a vehicle can increase by almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes of a child or pet being left inside. The release went on to say that even with cooler temperatures such as in the 60s, the temperature inside a vehicle could shoot up past 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
"There have already been three heat-related vehicular fatalities this year," Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a statement. "We can prevent such tragedies by being vigilant and routinely making sure all occupants exit the vehicle when reaching your destination. Our goal is to prevent the senseless death of children who have been left in unattended vehicles."
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