Expansion of Indiana's Lifeline Law proposed - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Expansion of Indiana's Lifeline Law proposed

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The author of Indiana's Lifeline Law that encourages young people to seek medical help for others who are dangerously intoxicated says he'll seek to broaden the statute to offer immunity for certain alcohol-related offenses to Good Samaritans who seek help in all medical emergencies.

Republican State Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says he'll introduce the broader law in the 2014 General Assembly.

He says the expansion proposal was prompted by discussions on college campus that he and Attorney General Greg Zoeller have had while promoting the current Lifeline Law. Zoeller supports broadening the law.

The Lifeline Law exempts minors who are under the influence of alcohol from being prosecuted for crimes such as minor possession or consumption if they request medical attention for another person suffering from alcohol-related complications.

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