Tennessee House speaker working to prevent hot car deaths
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.
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.