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[ATG] AG Zoeller receives award for raising awareness of Lifeline Law
Start Date: 12/19/2013 All Day
End Date: 12/19/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has received an award recognizing him for his efforts to deter underage drinking and raise awareness of the Indiana Lifeline Law.

The Century Council, a nonprofit based in Arlington, Va., announced that Zoeller is one of the recipients of its 2013 Leadership Award, along with the state attorneys general of four other states for their alcohol-abuse-prevention efforts.

Zoeller was an early advocate for the Indiana Lifeline Law that originally was proposed by college students from four campuses and was passed by the 2012 Legislature.  The Lifeline Law encourages young people to call 911 if an intoxicated friend is suffering a medical emergency due to underage drinking.  Under the Lifeline Law, those who call 911 and assist emergency responders will be legally immune from being criminally prosecuted later for illegal consumption or public intoxication.

To raise awareness among college students that the Lifeline Law now is in effect, Zoeller this year has visited several university campuses along with the law’s author, State Senator Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis.  Intended to prevent alcohol poisoning and summon prompt medical intervention, the Lifeline Law seeks to remove obstacles to young people calling 911 out of fear they might be arrested for underage drinking.

“The Lifeline Law can help prevent the needless tragedies that have occurred when young people who were drinking underage were afraid to call the authorities to help a friend suffering alcohol poisoning and so delayed taking action.  We have been impressed by the leadership shown by students at the campuses we visited to educate their peers about the legal protection the Lifeline Law offers, but raising awareness is a continual process,” Zoeller said.

As Attorney General, Zoeller also has sought to warn the public and especially young people about the dangers of prescription drug abuse through the website, and he also advocated for passage of Indiana’s statute restricting texting while driving.

In addition to Zoeller’s efforts to raise awareness of the Lifeline Law, the Century Council noted the fact that Zoeller appeared in public service announcement discouraging underage drinking.

The Century Council also presented its awards to a bipartisan group of four other state attorneys general: AG Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, AG Bob Ferguson, D-Washington state, AG Marty Jackley, R-South Dakota, and AG Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada.

NOTE:  The Century Council award statement is at this link. 


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