Kansas law now protects those saving kids, animals in hot cars

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

A new Kansas law went into effect Sunday that legally protects Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to save overheating pets and people.

The bill signed into law earlier this year states it would provide immunity from civil liability when a vehicle is damaged by a person trying to aid a "vulnerable person or domestic animal" in situations where there is "imminent danger of harm" and law enforcement has been notified.

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Several groups got together last month in Spring Hill to talk about the law and show Kansans how to exercise that right. The event highlighted the dangers of hot cars with planned demonstrations showing temperature rise in a car and how to break a car's window safety and easily.

The bill went into effect July 1.