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Indiana Lifeline Law Designed to Save Lives

The untimely death of an Indiana University freshman over the weekend, Who fell down the stairs at house party, is starting a conversation on college campuses across the state. The topic of discussion is the lifeline law, and whether or not it could have saved her life.
The untimely death of an Indiana University freshman over the weekend, Who fell down the stairs at house party, is starting a conversation on college campuses across the state.

The topic of discussion is the Lifeline Law.

"I think the lifeline law is a good thing. I think it's positive. I think it's a step in the right direction," ISU Police Chief Bill Mercier said.
 
The lifeline law provides legal immunity for certain alcohol offenses, if a person is requesting medical assistance for an intoxicated individual.
Officials at Indiana State say knowledge is power with this piece of legislation.
That's why they make an effort to make sure every student on campus knows about this law...   

"We go in and do bystander intervention training and train students in how to intervene in situations where alcohol may be involved and one of those interventions we include information about the Indiana lifeline law," ISU Associate Director of Wellness Aimee Janssen Robinson 
   
ISU police say they don't have any record of students utilizing the lifeline law, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Explaining the law to students has given the officers on campus a chance to educate students outside the traditional classroom.

"We recognize our role as being educators outside of the classroom and we do work for an educational institution so educating students is a core part of what we do," Mercier said.
 
But in the end they say it all comes down to personal responsibility

"All we can do is ahead of time provide them with the information and hope that they make good choices," Mercier said. 

For more information about the Lifeline Law click here.
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