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S.236

Introduced by             Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:     Motor vehicles; unattended children

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to establish a civil penalty of not more than $100.00 for leaving a child under the age of seven in a motor vehicle without the supervision of a person who is at least 12 years of age when there is a significant risk to the health or safety of the child, or when either the vehicle’s engine is running or the keys are left in the ignition, or both.

AN ACT RELATING TO LEAVING MINOR CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1111 is amended to read:

§ 1111.  UNATTENDED MOTOR VEHICLE; CHILDREN IN VEHICLE

(a)  No person shall permit a motor vehicle to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition and effectively setting the brake, air temperatures permitting, and, when the vehicle is standing upon a grade, turning the front of the front wheels toward the curb or side of the highway.  This section does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles.

(b)  No person shall leave a child under the age of seven in a motor vehicle without the supervision of a person who is at least 12 years of age when there is a significant risk to the health or safety of the child, or when the vehicle’s engine is running or the keys are left in the ignition, or both.  A person found in violation of this subsection shall be fined not more than $100.00.