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Deputies Urge You to Look Before You Lock

LONOKE, Ark. -- A central Arkansas Sheriff's Department is taking a different approach to help keep kids safe. Deputies are encouraging people to look before they lock.
LONOKE, Ark. -- A central Arkansas Sheriff's Department is taking a different approach to help keep kids safe.  Deputies are encouraging people to look before they lock. 

Law enforcement officials say it seems it would be as routine as taking your keys from the ignition, but in 2013, 43 children nationwide were left in cars and died from heat stroke.

Kera Ables with Lonoke County Sheriff's Department says the number of deaths is staggering and preventable.

Ables says the 'Look Before You Lock' program can save lives.

The sheriff's department just received a large shipment of teddy bears donated by a local organization.

"It's definitely a good reminder that you have a kid in the backseat," Ables said.

Parents put the bear in their infant's car seat.

When they take the baby out, the stuffed animal is moved to the front making it a visual reminder the child is with them.

Deputies also recommend leaving something in the backseat like your employee badge or cellphone so you'll always remember to go back there.

"We've got to take those few extra steps to keep our children safe," Ables said.
Extra steps that deputies say could be the difference between life and death.


(Melissa Schroeder,  KARK, Little Rock)


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