NJ enacts immunity for some underage drinkers

October 2, 2009 5:28:02 PM PDT
Gov. Jon Corzine has signed a measure that puts safety above the law when it comes to underage drinking in New Jersey.

The legislation grants immunity to those under 21 who have been drinking if they call police when another teen drinks too much and needs medical help. Police would not be able to prosecute either the person who called or the one sickened by alcohol.

The immunity can extend up to three people, provided they act in concert, give their names to law enforcement, remain at the scene until medical help arrives and were the first to report the incident.

It cannot be retroactively applied.

The Senate and Assembly approved the measure in July. Proponents say it will help save lives, since teens would not be scared to call for help.


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