Here's the skepticism that met the idea of letting your kid do anything alone in 2008:
And yesterday, the day Utah's Free-Range Kids Law went into effect. Here's the CBS Evening News link -- alas! I couldn't find the embed code. But boy -- what a difference in tone. And outlook!
Point is: At last, the Americans who do not want to live in constant fear of predators OR Good Samaritans dialing 911 are free!