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New law concerning children in hot cars?

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Greg Edwards, Douherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards, Douherty County District Attorney

Currently in the state of Georgia, you can be subject to civil charges for saving a child left in a hot car. Charges could be pressed if you do damage the vehicle to do so.

This week, a good samaritan freed a 2-year-old from a hot car in an Albany parking lot. Tennessee actually has a law protecting civilians who save children left in cars from criminal and civil suits. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says that's something Georgia lawmakers might want to consider.

"The law generally wants to encourage persons who are good samaritans who abreacting in emergency situations," Edwards said. "I would think that, if its brought to the forefront that might be something that would be positively received and laws enacted to that regard.

  Georgia's good samaritan law does protect you if you help someone who's choking.

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