New Hot Car Law Takes Effect Wednesday

DENVER (CBS4) – More than 100 new laws go into effect in Colorado Wednesday.

Among them is one that protects people who save children or pets locked in hot cars.

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The law comes as many cases of children dying in hot cars are happening across the country.

Inside a car, the temperature can increase by 20 degrees in just ten minutes – making conditions much worse than what you’re experiencing outside.

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If you see a child or pet in a hot car, you have to first check to see if you can find the owner of the vehicle.

RELATED: Concerning Summer Statistic: 19 Pets Left In Hot Cars Outside Jeffco Courthouse

Then you have to contact law enforcement to see if they can help.

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If neither of that happens, then you can break the window of a car to help get the child or pet out.

By following the guidelines, you will not be held responsible for damaging a car.

RELATED: New DUI Law Takes Effect Wednesday

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