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New technology to help prevent children left in cars

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Nationwide, police said 18 children have died this year from being left in hot cars. Two of those were in Georgia and three were in South Carolina.

Now, two former stockbrokers from Florida have invented a device called Bee-Alert. It reminds you to check your car seat every time you leave the car.

It's the latest technology to crack down on parents who may accidently leave their children in the car. The device goes on the inside of your car door and then when you open it, it says "child alert, check car seat."

"You don't have to do anything, it's going to talk in your ear and say listen please check the rear seat for a child," said Co-Founder Richard Zachar.

Co-Founders Richard Zachar and George Bloukos were sick and tired of hearing reports of children being left in cars. That's when they decided to invent Bee-Alert.  
 
Some parents may think devices to remind them about their children are a little silly because they don't need to be told to look for their child.

"I have two children, they won't let me forget them," said parent Annie Foskey.

"I think most people would think 'I would never leave my kid behind in the car,' I think most of us would think that, but in all reality it happens," said Detective David Ehsanipoor with the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

Some people believe the age of technology has gotten the best of some parents who are distracted by so many different things, they forget their children.

"Unfortunately, each day that goes by is a risk for another child," said Bee-Alert Co-founder George Bloukos.

There are other methods out there to remind parents. For example, there are stickers you can put in your car or taking off your shoe and putting it in the backseat.

"The child alert is a little bit better in that it does actually have an audio concept of it," said parent Christina Black.  

Some parents worry that even something that makes noise may not be very effective.

"You still have those parents who still would ignore it," said parent Annie Foskey. "It's just like that seatbelt alarm, we'll get in the car and we'll hear the ding."

These moms said they rely on their own intuition to alert them, but recommend parents finding what works for them.

"I don't know what the answer is, I know that something needs to be done if this is something that continues to happen," said Black.  
 

Bee-Alert has been on the market for about 18 months. A lot of people have been buying these nationwide and overseas.

For more information about Bee-Alert, log onto http://www.bee-alert.com/  

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