INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The state of Indiana is working with college campuses to make sure students know about a law police say could save lives.
This is all part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.
Tuesday night, Sen. Jim Merritt along with Attorney General Greg Zoeller will lead a discussion at Franklin College about the lifeline law and the dangers of drinking too much alcohol.
The discussion was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Richardson Chapel on Franklin's college campus.
The Lifeline Law, passed in 2012, provides immunity to anyone who seeks medical help for someone with an alcohol-related emergency. There are two other exceptions to the immunity: if someone is driving under the influence or if they have a controlled substance.
Merritt, the author of the law, said he thinks the law is working.
Because the law protects the identity of people calling for help, Merritt said he did not have any data. He says the Finbloom family, a couple whose son died after drinking too much, was one example of a life that could have been saved.
Finbloom, a Carmel teen, died after drinking too much in August. His friends were afraid and waited too long to call for help. When the Carmel teen died, his family spoke out.
Merritt said he wrote the law the way he did because he did not want to give incentive to binge drinking and because drugs are against the law for everyone.
“I didn't want to (give incentives) to binge drinking," Merritt said. "I always get the question, why don't you give them immunity? I want people to know that binge drinking is wrong and thus we don't give incentives to that.”
Merritt said he and Zoeller also planned to address issues concerning texting and driving.
On Wednesday, the duo planned to visit the University of Southern Indiana to discuss the Lifeline Law. That presentation is scheduled at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Business and Engineering Center.
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