Do You Know ....

about the 911 Lifeline Legislation?

The 911 Lifeline Legislation encourages youth to call 911 in a medical emergency involving underage drinking; immunity from prosecution is given to the person in need of assistance plus up to 2 other youth who stay at the scene until law enforcement and/or medical help arrives.

Purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol is illegal for those under the Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 21. This legislation provides immunity from prosecution when the steps below are followed:

  1. Call for Help. One of the underage persons calls 911 and reports that another underage person is in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption. The underage person is the first person to make the 911 report;
  2. Stay with your Friend. The underage person (and, if applicable, one or two others acting in concert with the underage person who made the 911 call) remains on the scene with the underage person in need of medical assistance; and
  3. Talk with Authorities. The underage person who called 911 and, if applicable, one or two others who were acting in concert with the caller, provide each of their names to the 911 operator and cooperate with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene.

The underage person who is receiving medical assistance is also immune from prosecution. This immunity applies to public and private property.

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