Alarmed by hot car deaths, teen creates reminder cards for parents

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) – A Virginia teenager is trying to prevent children from dying in hot cars.

Hannah Rhudy said she was compelled to act after two infants died last year in her community. Now, she is leading the charge to prevent hot car deaths.

“I wanted to think of a way to help save lives,” said Rhudy, the brains behind ‘BabyIn BabyOut.’

‘BabyIn BabyOut’ makes hang tags to go on the rear-view mirror of a car. They are a reminder for parents of their precious cargo in the backseat — especially during those hot summer months.

The National Safety Council says 2018 was a record-setting year with 52 deaths nationwide.

“Hearing that something like this can happen to every type of family, especially even in my hometown, just really bothered me,” said Rhudy.

Rhudy is finishing up 8th grade at Midlothian Middle School. She’s visited with local law enforcement to share her tags and already received meaningful feedback from the community.

To help expand its reach and impact, ‘BabyIn BabyOut’ is also working to become a non-profit.

“Once we establish as a non-profit, we’ll start taking donations, so we can keep these hang tags free for our families,” Rhudy explained. 

Just a year in, these tags have made it as far as Ohio, Illinois, California, and Washington. But Rhudy says she’s ready to go nationwide.

“It’s a problem that affects every demographic and every type of family and I wanna make sure my hang tags can get in the hands of every type of family.”

To request a hang tag, more info can be found on the ‘BabyIn BabyOut’ website.

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