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New Ohio law allows breaking into hot cars to save kids, pets

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Governor John Kasich has signed a bill into law that protects a person who breaks into a hot car to save a minor or a pet from being forced to pay for the damage to the vehicle.

The bill allows people to force their way into a locked vehicle if police are not able to get there in time.

The law does come with some limitations, however.

The person must call 911, they must check to see if the door is unlocked and if they feel it is an emergency they can break into the vehicle.

Many animal advocates and parents are praising the bill.

"It's actually very comforting to know that if i see a child in danger in a hot car by themselves that i can go into action, without worrying what's going to happen to me civilly," said Emily Klamut, a parent.

Experts say Good Samaritans should also document what they find using a cell phone to take pictures or video. 

The bill takes effect until August 29.

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