When carelessness could turn to tragedy, it’s important to help those who step in to make the difference.
I recently supported legislation to grant immunity from civil liability to Good Samaritans who forcefully enter a car to rescue a child or pet trapped in an emergency situation. Under Senate Bill 566, someone who breaks a car window to save the life of a child or animal can’t be sued for doing so.
To receive civil immunity, a person must believe that the child or animal is in imminent danger if not removed from the car and there is no other way to safely rescue them. In addition, the individual must contact law enforcement, place a notice on the car’s windshield and stay with the child or animal in a safe location.
Sadly, since 1998, ten Michigan children and numerous animals have died of heatstroke while locked in a car. The bill has been sent to the House for consideration.