Bill To Encourage People To Come To Aid Of Children Locked In Hot Cars Passes State Senate

Legislation to give people an incentive to come to the rescue of a child left in a hot car is moving through the state legislature. A bill approved by the state Senate would extend current "Good Samaritan" laws to someone who forcibly enters a vehicle to help a child in distress. It was introduced as Senate Bill 49, because that's the number of children who died last year from vehicular heatstroke in the US. That number eventually rose to 51. The bill, which now heads to the House has the endorsement of a number of organizations, including the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.