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REMINDER: “Look before you lock”

As we start to see warmer weather, the Virginia DMV wants parents, caregivers and pet owners to “look before you lock.” In 2020, 24 children in the United States died as a result of being left in an unattended hot vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The DMV said that parents and caregivers should never leave children by themselves in a car regardless of the temperature.

Drivers should also avoid leaving their pets in cars given that high temperatures can result in irreparable organ damage and even death.