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Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Indiana Lifeline Law

Alcohol-related unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death among youth in the United States. A Good Samaritan Policy is defined as exemption from law enforcement punishment for an underage youth who calls for medical assistance for a fellow intoxicated youth. Senate Bill 227 was passed in 2014 by the Indiana Senate and signed by Governor Mike Pence the same year. Indiana’s law allows individuals to not be taken into custody for an underage drinking offense, if the officer determines that the individual requested assistance for someone in need. It does not protect individuals from other charges (i.e., obstruction, assault, etc.), but allows for protection for those who look out for their peers.