While The Century Council works tirelessly to prevent underage drinking, the data clearly shows it does occur. Given this, we feel that New Jersey’s ‘Good Samaritan’ bill recently signed by Governor Corzine may be a positive step towards saving lives.
This bill protects those who have been drinking underage from prosecution if they call emergency services because of a friend who has been hurt as a result of the over-consumption of alcohol. The goal is that this bill will encourage young people to seek and receive treatment for alcohol-related injuries, bringing help to them when it matters most. More than ten years ago, The Century Council’s Alcohol 101 program taught college students about the warning signs of alcohol poisoning and suggested their first step was to call 911.
The Century Council looks forward to learning more about the impact of this law once it is in effect, and hopes it will help save lives.