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Video: Texas Officer Demonstrates Dangers of Hot Cars

July 11, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Texas Officer Demonstrates Dangers of Hot Cars

A North Texas police officer volunteered this week to demonstrate to people the dangers of leaving children and animals trapped in hot cars. Texas leads the nation in the number of hot car deaths.

Cpl. Jessie Peterson of the Highland Village Police Department posted a video to YouTube of himself sitting inside his parked patrol car for 30 minutes, noting the passing time and the discomfort he was quickly feeling.

Within just a few minutes, Peterson was sweating and turning flush.

"I didn't expect it to be so bad, because I'm getting in and out of my car all the time when it's hot, but right around the 15-minute mark it started hitting me," Peterson said later.

At the 30-minute mark, he said his breathing was labored, and he needed to get out of the car to recover.

Peterson told NBC DFW he was inspired to post the video after seeing news reports of children dying after being locked inside hot cars. When the temperature outside nears 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car without air conditioning can reach as high as 170 degrees in a short time.

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Dale @ 7/12/2014 5:48 PM

And he could actually pass himself off as an intelligent looking fella. The department is cutting it's recruiting budget. No my phych testing. They just ask you if you would be willing to sit in a car in the Texas heat for 30 minutes to convince people that's it's not good to leave your kids unattended locked in a Texas heated car. Results:

Reject applicant - anyone that thinks this is a good idea.

Hire applicant - Anyone that suggest that such a task would expose the officer to risk and possibly encourage others to try it too.

Hire and fast track to Captain - Anyone that laughs and tells you that anyone that needs to stare at a YouTube video for 30 minutes to lean that the inside of a closed up non running vehicle in Texas in July is not safe should be forced to take birth control.

Part two: Officer demonstrates why playing with loaded guns could be dangerous.......

Bud @ 7/12/2014 9:37 PM

And yet, pet owners and so-called "parents" leave their pets/children in this same situation all the time. "Crack the window, it'll be fine", they say.

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