TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - An Indiana law heading to Governor Mitch Daniels's desk protects some underage drinking violators.
It's been a hot topic in its journey from the senate panel all the way to the governor's desk.
It's called the Indiana Lifeline Act.
Here's what it actually does:
The new law protects individuals from crimes of public intoxication, minor consumption of alcohol, and other minor related alcohol charges.
If a person underage calls law enforcement to ask for medical assistance for an alcohol related emergency, they will not face charges. They will, however, be required to complete a diversion program through the state.
This is a big change for colleges and universities around the state. Locally, Indiana State University says they hope the changes mean more people report problems.
"I think it's more of a precautionary thing to prevent alcohol related deaths among students," ISU Student Government Association President Nick Utterback said.
"Now, I still think there will be some cases, but hopefully it will decrease the number of fatalities."
When someone reports a concern, they are required to use identifying information.
The law also has a two strike rule. After a minor is found in need of medical attention twice, they could face charges.
Any incident involving drugs, however, could also lead to charges.
This law is not meant to reassure or condone underage drinking.
It's meant to reassure the safety of the underage individual in need of assistance from the complications of drinking.
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