Murt Supports Effort to Crack Down on Adults Who Leave Children Unattended in Vehicles
9/2/2010

Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) speaks during a press conference to announce legislation he has co-sponsored to provide stronger penalties for people who intentionally leave children alone in vehicles.

Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) has co-sponsored legislation authored by Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) and Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) to provide stronger penalties for people who intentionally leave children alone in vehicles.

           

At a news conference today in Bucks County, the lawmakers unveiled legislation that would make it a third-degree felony to leave a child under age 13 in a motor vehicle without adult supervision. Under current law, leaving a child unattended is a misdemeanor of the first degree.  Upgrading the offense to a third-degree felony means it could result in a prison term of 3 ½ to 7 years and a fine of up to $15,000. 

 

Murt said he became interested in the issue after hearing of several recent incidents in which adults left children unattended in the parking lot of Parx Casino in Bensalem.

 

 “I was shocked to hear of these incidents.  When I heard legislation was being drafted to deal with the problem, I was pleased to sign on,” said Murt.  “It is unacceptable that an adult would endanger a child in this way and I am hopeful this bill will serve as a deterrent.”

 

Murt also noted that services are available for individuals who may have a gambling problem.  Anyone who believes they or someone they know has a gambling problem should call the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania’s helpline 1-800-GAMBLER.

 

Rep. Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(215) 674-3755
(717) 787-6886

Contact:  Sean Yeakle

syeakle@pahousegop.com
(717) 787-3406

Member Site:  RepMurt.com

Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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