House Bill 17-1179 – “Immunity For Emergency Rescue From Locked Vehicle”

Concerning immunity for a person who renders emergency assistance from a locked vehicle.

Summary:

The bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for a person who forcibly enters a locked vehicle for the purpose of rendering assistance to an at-risk person or animal. To receive immunity, the person must:

  • Ensure the vehicle is not a law enforcement vehicle;
  • Have a reasonable belief that the person or animal is in imminent danger of death or suffering serious bodily injury;
  • Verify the vehicle is locked;
  • Make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or operator of the vehicle;
  • Contact a law enforcement or other first responder agency prior to forcibly entering the vehicle and not interfere with the actions of any such responding law enforcement agency;
  • Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the locked vehicle;
  • Remain with the at-risk person or animal in a safe location close to the vehicle until law enforcement or other first responder arrives at the scene; except that, if the person rendering assistance has to leave the scene before the owner or operator of the vehicle returns, prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall leave a notice on the vehicle with his or her name and contact information and the name and location, if any, of the facility to which he or she took the at-risk person or animal. Also prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall contact law enforcement, animal control, or other first responder to provide them with the same information.

Sponsors:

Senator Vicki Marble | Senator Lois Court | Representative Lori Saine | Representative Joann Ginal

Signed on April 13th 2017 By: Crisanta Duran (Speaker of The House of Representatives) ; Kevin J. Grantham (President of The Senate) ; Marilyn Eddins (Chief Clerk of The House of Representatives) ; Effie Ameen (Secretary of The Senate) ; John W. Hickenlooper (Governor of The State of Colorado)

Paid for by Marble for Senate District 23.
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