Staying sharp in the cold

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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With temperatures dipping to -50 C this weekend, the temptation to leave your vehicle running while running into a store, your home or to grab something from a local business will be high.

Although this leaves one open to the possibility of unwanted guests, damage and/or theft, when it gets as cold as it has, for those who do not have Command Start, the pros quickly begin to outweigh the cons.

However, when it comes to leaving your vehicle running with a child strapped into the backseat, there should be no question as to what one should do.

On Wednesday, a Grande Prairie, Alta. family had to learn the hard way why leaving your child should never be an option.

Reports of an Amber Alert quickly circulated Alberta Wednesday following the abduction of a seven-month-old baby.

What was chilling about the initial reports was that the child was taken as the result of a vehicle theft.

Although the mother of the child was only metres away when the truck was taken, there was nothing she could have done to help her child.

Luckily, in this case, the child was found unharmed and three people have been charged with various offenses.

However, there could have been a very different outcome.

Yes, it is cold and yes, it is a hassle to haul children in and out of a vehicle.

However, there are any number of things that could go wrong when children are left unattended.

They could get out of their seats and leave the vehicle, they could shift the vehicle into gear, or in the worst-case scenario they could be abducted, unintentionally or intentionally.

Wednesday’s events may have been the extreme when it comes to “what could happen,” but it is also a reminder to parents that, yes, it can happen.

Comfort, security and routine are what take away a person’s edge and can be a dangerous combination when it comes to the safety of our children, because it is when we let our guard down that bad things tend to happen.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Grande Prairie, Alberta

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