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House Speaker Working To Prevent Hot Car Deaths

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Posted at 8:24 AM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:27:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - House Speaker Beth Harwell is working to raise awareness of the danger of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

A recent report shows Tennessee is among the top 10 states for death of children due to hot vehicles, claiming 23 deaths from 1998 to 2014.

Speaker Harwell has recorded a PSA to address the issue.

Last year, lawmakers passed legislation that protects individuals from the cost of damages if they have to force their way into a hot car to save a child.

The law requires Good Samaritans to first call 911, and then see if any vehicle doors are unlocked. If not, they can break in to rescue a child.

Tennessee is among 20 states that have laws that address leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

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