- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging motorists not to leave children or pets in unattended vehicles, especially as summer temperatures begin to rise.

Preliminary reports indicate that eight children have already died this year due to heat stroke. None of those fatalities were in Tennessee.

According to the latest statistics, there were 44 heat stroke deaths involving children in the United States in 2013.

Experts say the temperature inside a car can reach potentially deadly levels within minutes on a typical summer day.

Tennessee is among 20 states that have laws that prohibit leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

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