Children; unlawful to leave unattended in vehicle. (HB2146)

Introduced By

Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) with support from co-patron Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unattended children in a motor vehicle. Provides that any driver or operator of a motor vehicle who leaves an unattended child in a motor vehicle is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill defines "unattended child" as a child under six years of age who has been left in a motor vehicle by the driver or operator of the vehicle when the driver or operator is unable to continuously observe the child, unless a person 12 years of age or older is physically present in the motor vehicle with the child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 077006412
01/09/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/15/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2146)
01/16/2007Referred from Transportation
01/16/2007Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice


Kevin writes:

So at six parents can leave them in the car? Is a 12 year old really responsible to look after a child 5 years or younger?

Shawn writes:

Now this is a great bill. It opens up a new age group for potential baby sitters.

Aaron Cook writes:

So, if a hypothetical father would pull over to the curb, slip into the post office to pick up the mail (leaving his several children strapped in the car), he would be subject to 12 months in jail, $2500 fine and, even worse, access to his vehicle by the police and scrutiny by social services? What if that father thought it was safer than removing all the kids from the vehicle and herding them across the street to the post office?
On a more philosophical level, what would Patrick Henry think of Albo's proposal?

Harry Landers writes:

This is pure governmental nannyism. A parent is entitled to determine whether her child is safe to play outside unsupervised, walk to school unsupervised, or sit in a car unsupervised. Don't force parents to wrap their children in these mandated cocoons of safety.