Law allows breaking into hot vehicles to save kids, pets in OH

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law Tuesday that protects a person who breaks into a hot car to save a minor or a pet.

Senate Bill 215 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.

READ MORE: Proposed bill would allow breaking into hot vehicles to save kids, pets

The law will become effective August 29, 2016.

Another bill signed Tuesday was the measure to eliminate the limit on alcohol by volume in Ohio.

READ MORE: Ohio House changes what you can drink and where you can drink it

Gov. Kasich signed 12 bills into law Tuesday. House Bill 523, the bill allowing medical marijuana was not among them.

That bill still needs to be signed by the speaker and president of the Senate.

It will then go to Kasich’s desk where the governor will have 10 days to sign it into law.

If he takes no action in those 10 days, the measure will automatically become law.

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