Bill would protect underage drinkers who call for help

A bill proposed by an Ohio lawmaker would protect underage drinkers from criminal charges if they call 911 for help.
Associated Press
Jan 14, 2014


The Columbus Dispatch reported 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.

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

Stinziano said 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 said a college student urged him to introduce a similar bill in Ohio.


William Jeffers...

Kind of sad that a college student has more sense than most of our state legislators.


You got to be kidding me! There has to be more to this bill than what is stated. What an open door for underage drinking.

2cents's picture

What is sad is that in many other countries there is no drinking age, alcohol is available within the family unit as children and it is not thought of as a rite of passage at age 21. In my case we could drink low power beer in a bar at age 18 and we did not get blasted because we were not drinking to do that. We went out for social interaction, good live music and entertainment. Drinking a few beers flirting and having some fun was the norm, after the US changed the rules across the board do you even think that our youth never drinks? If so, you are just stupid, it is just big government playing god again. I know my college age daughter drinks on occasion at school but I do not supply it nor do I ever see it, but I know. The turnip truck did not pass by last night so do not expect things to change because the fed makes a new law. The best laws or regulations are done by the family in upbringing and guidance. All they have done with raising the drinking age is drive the kids underground, into cars on the road and promote binge drinking, not social drinking!


Re: “good Samaritan”

So what are the results in other states that enacted this law?

IMO, reads like legislating the advocacy of poor behavior.

So how many times does the < 21 yr. old get to make the call and be protected?

As is said: Actions without consequences only encourages future poor behavior.


Wondering what "limited criminal immunity" means. I agree with 2cents. I was from that generation also. I still remember the 2 changes they made corresponded to the night before my birthday. But this goes on everywhere. Definitely would like more detail.

From the Grave

If they really want to do something positive, they should make advertising beer illegal, and especially during college sporting events! Then make advertising for fast food illegal. Two huge health issues in this country~alcoholism and obesity, directly related to two of the biggest TV advertisers. Coincidence? I'm guessing those companies wouldn't spend millions on TV ads unless they were sure they worked.


Doctor Parkinson declared 'I'm not surprised to see you here
You've got smokers cough from smoking brewer's droop from drinking beer
I don't know how you came to get the Bette Davis knees
But worst of all young man you've got Industrial Disease'

Dr. Information

Yet they will ruin a young mans life (18) years old for having a relationship with a female who is 17.


I am happy to see this. We have all been there, It is a right of passage into adulthood.

Darwin's choice

I would like your thoughts on a friends son, he's only 19 years old, and has been in Afghanistan TWICE in combat, but you feel he's not responsible enough for a drink?


Personally, I think 19 is reasonable, but not 18. The poster above speaks nostalgically about a time when he drank at 18 but fails to mention 18 year old high school kids supplied 15, 16 and 17 year old high school kids, and drinking was just what everyone did in high school. Alcohol has no place among high school kids.


This is not about whether or not it is OK to drink at 18, 19, 20. This is about IF it happens and someone is sick or over does it. That one kid that still has a few brain cells left to call for help does not get arrested for doing so. There are some that can drink without taking it too far. Someone should not be punished for being "adult" enough to call for help and saving someone's life.