House speaker Harwell working to prevent hot car deaths

House Speaker Beth Harwell
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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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