Possible new laws to save children in hot cars

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 5:44pm

A parent's worst nightmare is leaving their child in the car, especially on a hot day. Tennessee just put a new law into effect that would allow bystander who come across such a scary situation to break the car windows in order the save the child, pending some other restrictions.

Tyler police and residents spoke out about the situation that happens far too often in the middle of summer.

Tyler Police Information Officer encourages citizens to take action by calling emergency responders before people start breaking car windows. He says, "if they are saving a life, we obviously are okay with that and will deal with the window later".

Residents seemed to support the idea of Texas implementing the same law if it should ever be passed. Parents spoke out saying children shouldn't have to be in hot cars and would definitely step up and support the decision to legally break windows if necessary.

Executive Director of People fur Pets wanted to remind residents that babies sometimes have four legs. She says its important that people don't leave animals in cars either.

The last piece of advice Tyler Police offered was to always check and double check your car to avoid leaving animals and children.


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