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Senator wants alarm systems on daycare vehicles

A state senator from Palm Beach County will discuss the details of a new law she plans to introduce, during the upcoming legislative session, that will require that all daycare vehicles have a child safety alarm installed to prevent a driver from forgetting children on board.

Senator Maria Sachs of Delray Beach has said that the bill is a direct response to the death of 2 1/2-year-old Haile Brockington, who sweltered to death, strapped in her seat, after being forgotten by the van driver of one of the two locations of Katie's Kids daycare center in Delray Beach. The bill will be named after Haile Brockington.

The alarm, meant to remind drivers about possible sleeping children, sounds off immediately after the driver turns off the ignition.It remains on for one to four minutes.

The driver then has to physically walk to the back of the van or truck to press a button to it off. If the driver fails to do so, an external car alarm kicks in, alerting nearby drivers and teachers that the vehicle has not been checked.

The system cannot be disconnected by the driver.

The press conference is set to take place at 11 a.m., at the Summit Private School, at 3881 N.W. 3rd Ave., Boca Raton.

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