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Hot car rescues: New law protects good Samaritans from lawsuits

Hot car rescues: New law protects good Samaritans from lawsuits
Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 08, 2017

A new law takes effect Wednesday protecting those who break into hot cars to rescue children and pets.

House Bill 2494, approved by Gov. Doug Ducey in May, prevents lawsuits against good Samaritans who cause damage to a vehicle during a rescue.

In order to be covered by the law, the good Samaritan must believe the child or pet is in imminent danger, and they have to first call authorities before breaking into the vehicle. They then need to remain on scene with the victim until emergency responders arrive.

The law is one of hundreds that will take effect Wednesday.