Originally Posted by Gibonius
The Washington Post had a big article on this last summer. The general conclusion was that "It always seems impossible, until it happens to you."
What's the benefit of prison sentences for this sort of thing, anyway? Does it really act as a deterrent? Anyone really going to pay more attention to not killing their children because they might also go to jail over it? Maybe the publicity from the cases serves to raise the issue, but you'd think it would happen regardless of punishment.
It's doubly bullshit because it's such a non-issue. There were 43 kids who died in hot cars last year. We average about 38 a year.
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2014: 13
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 2013: 44
Total number of U.S. heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, 1998-present: 619
Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 38
90 Children die from falling down in the home each year. Where's the outcry on parents for not installing foam carpeting and locking their children in padded rooms?
This is media scaremongering and attention whoring. There are 20.9 million 0-5 year old children in the US. Sorry, not all the little turtles are going to make it to the ocean. That doesn't mean it's somebody's fault, and it sure as shit shouldn't be national news.
EDIT - If I did my math correctly (best I could do with the limits) http://www.calculatorsoup.com/calculators/games/odds.php
For 20900 to 0.043 odds of Winning;
Probability of Winning:
Chance of winning:
Yeah, not something that's going to keep me up at night.
DOUBLE EDIT - Better calculator
probability is 43/20900000 or 0
Astonishingly similar results.