TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Over 150 new laws take effect in Indiana starting July 1. One of these laws aim to save lives.
The Lifeline Law is one that former Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law in 2012. The law protects underage drinkers from being prosecuted when they call emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.
“It’s basically a law such that it’s encouraging someone to do the right thing,” Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modessit said. “So even if you’re intoxicated and a friend’s in trouble or something happens it’s encouraging you to stay there and to call an ambulance or the police or whoever needs to be called.”
According to a Department of Health study, since 2004, over two dozen Indiana teens have died because of alcohol poisoning. Many of those deaths could have been prevented with implementing the Lifeline Law. Modesitt says that people shouldn’t be afraid to make the call.
“What they need to know is that if they stay there and call the police and there truly is a need to have the police or ambulance called, in that situation they won’t be charged,” Modesitt said. “They’ll have immunity.”
Among the new laws being put into place are laws that allow people to possess guns in school parking lots, increasing the penalties for trespassing and doing damage to agriculture, and a new way that taxes are calculated for gasoline prices.
You can view a full list of the new laws on the Indiana State Government’s website.