Mt. Juliet police want you to smash a car window if it means saving the life of a child or pet locked in a hot car.
“The public is the eyes and ears of our community,” said Mt. Juliet Police Sergeant Tyler Chandler. “There are more of them out there than there are police officers.”
Those extra eyes may be the only thing keeping a child or pet from dying.
Sergeant Chandler said that, if necessary, no one should hesitate to break into a car, unless the child doesn't appear to be in immediate danger.
“If the child is not in distress, call police, call 911. Get us out there as soon as possible. And we will check on the child and, of course, if we need to take law enforcement action, we'll do that as well.” said Chandler.
Shoppers should be aware and glance at other cars as they walk by. Look for pets.
Don't assume it's none of your business. It doesn't take long for something tragic to happen.
“Heat stroke sets in at about 104 degrees when the body reaches that temperature,” said Chandler.
“There are no exceptions whatsoever because anything can happen,” he added. “The last thing you want to happen is have a child unattended in a vehicle and the vehicle gets too hot inside, and that of course leads to heat stroke and maybe death.”
If someone leaves a child unattended in a car and they get caught, they could be arrested and charged with child endangerment, even if they leave the vehicle's air conditioning running.