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Pasco Police:Leaving a Child Under Age 16 in a Car is Illegal

Common sense would tell most adults that it’s not OK to leave a child unattended in a running vehicle…but did you know it is against the law to leave any child under the age of…

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The Pasco Police department would like to remind all parents that according to:

RCW 46.61.685

Leaving children unattended in standing vehicle with motor running—Penalty.
(1) It is unlawful for any person, while operating or in charge of a vehicle, to park or willfully allow such vehicle to stand upon a public highway or in a public place with its motor running, leaving a minor child or children under the age of sixteen years unattended in the vehicle.
(2) Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon a second or subsequent conviction for a violation of this section, the department shall revoke the operator’s license of such person.
[ 2003 c 53 § 246; 1990 c 250 § 57; 1961 c 151 § 2. Formerly RCW 46.56.230.]

 

I honestly didn’t know the law stated under the age of 16…WOW

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