Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2019
Senator Linda Stewart Re-Files Legislation Requiring Child Care Transport Vehicle Alarms
ORLANDO – Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) today received an official bill number for re-filed legislation on alarms for child care vehicles. The bill, Child Care Facilities, will also be known as Senate Bill 88. This will be the fourth time Senator Stewart has filed this bill in the Senate.
“My top priority this year is to pass SB 88 on child care facilities, which would require vehicles that transport children, be equipped with alarms approved by the Department of Children and Families. Since the end of session on May 4, we have had, in Florida, four deaths of children left in child care vans. This is unacceptable, knowing how high the temperatures reach during the summer months in Florida,” said Stewart.
There are 1,490 child care facilities that transport children in Florida. The cost to install an alarm ranges from $64.00 to $600.00. “This legislation will go a long way in protecting and ensuring the safety of our transported children and work towards saving countless lives,” said Stewart. Currently, facilities use a paper checklist requiring another person to check that no one is left behind in the vehicle.
“These methods are ineffective and have resulted in four deaths already. We need these alarms installed to end the continual oversight that has resulted in preventable loss of lives. The death of a single child is one too many, and no price is too high to ensure their safety.”