Quantcast

Law allows use of drastic action to save children locked in hot - 12 News KBMT and K-JAC. News, Weather and Sports for SE Texas

Law allows use of drastic action to save children locked in hot cars

Posted:

According to kidsandcars.org roughly 39 children die each year from being left in hot cars. The organization estimates there have been more than 600 heat related children deaths dating back to 1990. 

But can the average person do more than just call 911 if they witness a child trapped in a vehicle? A Beaumont Police Department spokesperson says yes. 

Officers suggest immediately calling 911 and say the nearest officer will respond within minutes. If the child appears to be in serious trouble then the spokesperson said a person can break a window to unlock the vehicle. 

A person is legally protected as long as the break-in is done in good faith to save a life and there is no increased danger for the person or child inside. 

kidsandcars.org also suggest drivers get into the routine of opening the back door every time they reach their destination, a practice called "Look before you lock." 

  • Submit a news tip

    Do you know of something that would be a good news story?  Enter your email address and select "Submit"  to send it to 12 News HD.  You can also call the news tip line at 409-838-1212

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for submitting your news idea to 12News HD!

Powered by WorldNow

Newsroom: (409) 838-1212
Front Desk: (409) 833-7512
News Fax: (409) 981-1564
News Email: 12News@kbmt12.com

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KBMT. All Rights Reserved.
Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.