Children; unlawful for any person to leave in motor vehicle unattended child under age six. (HB1337)

Introduced By

Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child unattended in a car; penalty. Provides that it is unlawful for any person who is responsible for a child younger than six years of age to leave such child unattended in a motor vehicle if the conditions within the vehicle or in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle, including outside temperature, present a risk to the health or safety of the child. The penalty for a first offense is a $100 civil penalty, for a second offense a Class 4 misdemeanor, and for a third or subsequent offense a Class 3 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087010428
01/09/2008Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/22/2008Referred from Transportation
01/22/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2008Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/05/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1337)
02/12/2008Left in Courts of Justice


Marsha Maines writes:

while a great idea in theory, how in the world do you propose to educate the parents who do this? Besides, it's one thing to run into the grocery store to pick up milk, leaving a 5 year old in the car with his older brother, it's another when you have to strip to earn the money to pay rent and are too poor to afford a babysitter, but too ignorant in parenting skills to seek alternative methods of caring for your child. A better idea might be to have 'state-funded' daycare centers that babysit for off hours jobs that some parents below poverty level are forced to work. Certify the parent's income, mandate parenting classes for both parents, and the state could provide 'temporary' babysitting services...for a period of one year, with annual re-application requirements.