Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 16, 2012

Indiana officials promoting new alcohol amnesty law

The Associated Press

Bloomington — State officials are visiting Indiana college campuses to promote a new law that shields people from alcohol-related arrests if they seek medical help for those who are dangerously intoxicated.

The law took effect in July, but Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state Sen. Jim Merritt say many young people don't know about it. They made stops at Indiana University in Bloomington and Indiana State University in Terre Haute on Monday to spread the word.

Merritt sponsored the law during this year's legislative session. He says tragedies such as the August death of an 18-year-old in Carmel from alcohol poisoning could be prevented if friends call for help.

The Herald-Times and the Tribune-Star report Merritt says the amnesty law isn't meant to excuse underage drinking but to save lives.