Florida Good Samaritans may get relief from paying for damages

Capitol News Service - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Service) - Good samaritans may soon be able to rescue people or pets from hot cars without worrying about the damage they cause to a vehicle.

Legislation absolving people who break a window to save a child, pet or someone else from a hot vehicle would not be required to pay for the damage they do under legislation that cleared a legislative committee in the State Capitol today. Sponsor Lizbeth Benaquisto says the statistics are alarming.

"When you look at the statistics, and we know that four children, last year alone died from heat stroke after being left in a car. Any tools that can give to citizens and pets and elderly or disable persons, we want to be able to do that. Nobody wants to walk by a car and leave someone stranded or at risk. So this gives them the opportunity to do so without having to worry about the property damage that's done" says the Senator from Ft. Myers.

The legislation could be voted on by the full Senate as early as this week.

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