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Indiana leaders promote 'lifeline' law ahead of holidays

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Monday, November 19, 2012 - 7:43 am

INDIANAPOLIS — Political leaders and alcohol distributors are putting the spotlight on Indiana's new "lifeline" amnesty law ahead of the approaching holidays.

The law is meant to encourage underage Hoosiers to take action if a friend drinks too much. If those friends call 911 to summon emergency help and cooperate with police they'll be immune from prosecution.

State Sen. Jim Merritt, state Rep. Jud McMillin and Attorney General Greg Zoeller are spreading the word about the law they say can help prevent alcohol poisoning deaths among young people. The law was passed this year with help from student leaders at Indiana's universities.

Monarch Beverages and the Indiana Association of Beverages are distributing 100,000 flyers to alcohol retailers to promote the law.