Bill to Protect Unattended Children in Cars Passed After Seven Years

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A bill which makes it unlawful to leave a child under nine unattended in a car has passed after seven years.

Reports show that in 2007, more than 35 children across the U.S. died from being left alone in a car.

Lawmakers say this bill will help protect innocent lives by prohibiting people from leaving children under the age of nine inside a car for more than five minutes.

Police, firefighters or rescue team personnel will be required to immediately report ths violation to the police if the guardian of the unattended child cannot be located within a reasonable time.