Senator, liquor store partnership spreads awareness about Indiana's Lifeline Law
Law gives amnesty to minors who call for help
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A major liquor store chain is partnering with a state senator to urge students to make a life-saving call if they ever need to.
Indiana's Lifeline Law, just over a year old, gives amnesty to anyone who calls for medical help for someone who has had too much to drink, even if the caller is underage.
Customers at Big Red Liquors in Bloomington were receiving something in addition to their beer, wine and spirits purchases Thursday.
All patrons were handed a flier containing information about the law.
"We have a unique platform here in Bloomington as far as the population that we serve here. For us, it was about being a responsible citizen. We have sons and daughters and it's just the right thing to do to get the word out about the Lifeline Law," Matt Colglazier with Big Red Liquors said.
Big Red Liquors doesn't serve minors, but they know underage drinking occurs.
The store has partnered with the author of the bill, Senator Jim Merritt, to help spread the word about the law.
"I think it's important. Because if you don't have the law in place, then I'm not going to tell, I'm not going to help somebody out. I'd rather somebody have the life lesson and calling and make sure someone's OK than have to go back and relive a bad scenario," a store patron said.
With the new semester just underway and new students from all over the world coming to Bloomington, many supported the push to spread awareness.
Although the campaign will start at the 13 Bloomington locations, it will expand to all 49 stores statewide within the next week.
Merritt said anyone else who would like to help in the effort to spread the word can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-232-9400.
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