July 19, 2019 – We all know that during hot weather, it’s not safe to leave a child or pet locked in a hot car. But. … what if you see this occur? What do you do? Right now, Illinois is lacking a “Good Samaritan” law that would offer protection to people who might rescue a child or animal from a hot car. However, that should not stop you from doing the right thing. ISP Trooper Mindy Carroll
Steps to take if you see a child or pet locked in a hot car. First, call 911. Report your location and make and model of the vehicle and do NOT leave until help arrives. Second, try to get the attention of the child or pet. If they are unresponsive, go ahead and break the window. ISP also advises to have another person with you to serve as a witness should you have to break a window.