OH bill protects underage drinkers who summon help

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A bill proposed by an Ohio lawmaker would protect underage drinkers from criminal charges if they call 911 for help.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1frZQvT ) reports the bill would expand so-called "good Samaritan" protections to those younger than 21 in an effort to save lives. It would keep them from being prosecuted for underage drinking in certain situations.

Currently, only those 21 or older can possess and drink alcohol.

Rep. Michael Stinziano, a Columbus Democrat, said the bill would extend similar protections given to students on some Ohio college campuses.

Stinziano says that 19 states have enacted laws providing limited criminal immunity to those who seek emergency medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose.

He says a college student urged him to introduce a similar bill in Ohio.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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