In Palm Beach County, Florida, a new day care center law is now in effect. The law requires that van be equipped with alarms that sound off if a child is left in a van. The alarm sounds off when a van is stopped. Thereafter, the driver or attendant must physically walk to the back of the van to turn off the alarm. This, in turn, will require the day care center driver or attendant to conduct a visual sweep or inspection of the day care center van. The goal or purpose of the law is to prevent children from being left unattended on day care center vans or buses. The new Palm Beach County day care rule / regulation was passed in response to the tragic death of Haile Brockington who was left on a day care center van. She died as a result of the heat exposure in the hot summer month of August from being left in the van. The Palm Beach County Health Department is the government agency that is responsible for monitoring this law / regulation. The estimated cost for the van alarm equipment ranges from $200 to $500 per alarm. See Palm Beach County Florida Day Care Rules as to Alarms in Effect.
The use of alarms is a safety measure that can help prevent or reduce the number of incidents of children being left unattended on day care center vans and buses. While it is a good measure or requirement to have in place, due diligence and consistent supervision are also important. Even a simple attendance checklist can go a long way to prevent tragedies from taking place. A combination of technology (alarm systems) and pen and paper can hopefully avoid future reports of children being injured or dying from being left unattended on day care center vans and buses.
Unfortunately, children are injured and some even lose their lives while under the care and supervision of a Florida Day Care Center / Child Care Center. When a child is injured due to the fault or negligence of a day care center, there are often many issues and challenges faced by the child and his or her family. See Florida Day Care Center – Frequently Asked Questions. See also The ABCs of Child Injury – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – What Every Parent Should Know which has chapters on Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Damages / Compensation, Medical Bills / Medical Treatment, and other topics.