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Kansas bill would protect those saving kids, animals in cars

February 6, 2018

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— A Kansas bill would legally protect Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating children and animals.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that lawmakers heard testimony Monday for the potential legislation.

The bill states it would provide immunity from civil liability when a vehicle is damaged by a person trying to aid a "vulnerable person or domestic animal" in situations where there is "imminent danger of harm" and law enforcement has been notified.

Greg Smith of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department says the bill could cause confusion with its definitions of a vulnerable person and of signs of impairment.

Carla Lewis of the Kansas Animal Control Association says the bill could increase public awareness about the dangers of leaving a child or pet in a car during dangerously hot weather.

Comments

Armen Kurdian 3 months, 1 week ago

Good call. Any child not old enough to open the door from the inside should never ever be left unattended. Pets, maybe a little more leniency if it's a nice day, unless they've been there for say a couple of hours.

Bill will have to be specific, have to think this through. At worst, the Samaritan should just be liable for repair of the window, but no criminal or misdemeanor charge.

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