Starting this summer Good Samaritans can break a window of hot car to free a child or pet without facing civil liability in Wisconsin.
The new Good Samaritan law has officially gone into effect and protects people from being sued if they try and save a life.
State Representative Tod Ohnstahd, one of the lawmakers behind the bill, told WUWM that he wondered how many vulnerable children and pets were put in harm's way before the law was signed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker last November.
"I wonder whether or not in the 25 cases where children died last year, or hundreds, if not thousands of cases where pets died last year, whether or not people saw it happening but they didn’t think that was their business or their call or didn’t want to get in trouble damaging the property," he told the news station.
With the law now in effect, Wisconsin joins other states such as Florida, which also introduced similar law this year.
Good Samaritans do need to follow a few steps to follow the new law.
A person must check to see if the car doors are locked. If they are they then must see if the adult responsible for the child or pet is nearby. If they aren't then, the individual must call 911. At this stage, the person can break a window.
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