New law lets underage drinkers call for help

May 5, 2013 

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution.

The law is meant to encourage minors to call 911 if needed during a medical emergency. A similar law was passed for drug overdose cases in 2010, The Seattle Times reported.

Twelve states now have such “good Samaritan” laws.

The law was approved by the Legislature last month — 72-24 in the House and 44-3 in the Senate

During the bill-signing ceremony, Inslee referenced Kenny Hummel, 18, a Washington State University freshman who died in October after being found unconscious in a dorm room. His blood-alcohol level was 0.4 percent — five times the legal limit.

Inslee said Hummel’s parents, Lisa and Bill, helped to push the bill.

The Associated Press

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