Hangtags discourage child car death, urge voter registration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's secretary of state and Department of Health are working together to give away hangtags to remind people not to leave a child inside a parked car and to provide a simple way to register to vote.

The office of Secretary of State Tre Hargett created 500,000 hangtags with a QR code that takes users to the online voter registration system with one click and reminds drivers to check the back seat for children.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says child deaths from heatstroke in cars has increased in recent years, Hargett's office said in a news release.

The hangtags will be distributed statewide through partnerships with the Department of Health, the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The Department of Health will receive 150,000 hangtags to distribute through regional Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children clinics.

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