County Supervisors proclaim July as Purple Ribbon Month

The Kern County Department of Human Services– On June 29 the Kern County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July as Purple Ribbon Month in Kern County, in honor of Kaitlyn’s Law. “Kaitlyn’s Law,” passed in 2001, makes it a citable offense to leave children under the age of six unattended in a motor vehicle without the supervision of someone at least 12 years of age. This law is in honor of six-month-old Kaitlyn Marie Russell, who died on August 15, 2000, after she was left behind in a hot van by a caregiver.

Kern County dedicates July as Purple Ribbon Month in memory of Kaitlyn and all the children who have lost their lives to preventable injuries in and around cars. This month is an opportunity to increase public awareness about the dangers of leaving children unattended in or around motor vehicles. Already this year, five children have died due to hyperthermia in the United States. In 2020, there were 25 hot car deaths in the US.

On July 1, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at our office located at 100 E. California Avenue, Bakersfield, the Kern County Department of Human Services will be holding a live demonstration showing how fast the inside of a car can heat up and the danger this poses to children. We will be sharing safety tips on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

For more information, contact Jana Slagle at (661) 342-8054 or

Story First Published: 2021-07-02