In 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill making it legal to break into locked vehicles to rescue pets or vulnerable people believed to be in mortal danger from overheating. The bill provides immunity from civil liability for the damage caused by breaking a window, or forcing a lock, or doing whatever else is necessary for rescue -- but only if certain steps are also taken. Tennessee and Wisconsin have similar laws.
Under the new Florida statute, you won’t be sued for breaking in if you’ve made sure the vehicle is locked, are reasonably sure someone or something is in imminent danger, and only if you’ve called 911 or contacted the police before breaking in. You also must remain at the scene until the first responders arrive.
Deadly consequences from careless acts:
Just three states have these bills? Why don't they sign laws like these all around the country? Makes no sense.