YOUNG VOICES: Lifeline law protects you when you call 911

2013-11-18T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Lifeline law protects you when you call 911By Jaylen Johnson nwitimes.com
November 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Underage drinking is a huge issues on many college campuses. This is a huge issue at Indiana University Bloomington, along with many other colleges in Indiana.

The Indiana Lifeline Law needs to be pushed heavily. In my Current Issues in Undergraduate Life class, we talked about it. This was the first I heard about it.

Also, if you decide to drink, you need to make sure you are with smart people you trust. There should always be someone sober with you if decide to drink.

Students are here to experience and live their life. Often times when they see one of their friends or peers try something, they might try it too.

This often happens with alcohol.

Unfortunately, there are instances when someone has too much. At IUB there has been one incident this year where a person has died because of alcohol consumption.

Rachael Fiege was a freshman here at Indiana University Bloomington. She went to a party where alcohol was in abundance. After drinking, she fell down the stairs. Her friends didn’t call for an ambulance for seven hours.

Unfortunately, she died before she even got to start classes at IUB.

This is a case of her friends not checking on her. Most likely if her friends were sober when she fell down the stairs, her friends would’ve checked on her. They thought she went to sleep, but when they checked on her she wasn’t responsive.

The Indiana Lifeline Law would have applied in this situation. As long as you call the police, you won’t be in trouble.

Most of the time people are afraid to call the cops on themselves, and especially on a friend. They don’t want to be a “snitch” or don’t want to disobey their friend.

Indiana Lifeline Law's website advises you should call 911. It says, “If someone appears to be in need of medical attention, never hesitate to call 911, even if you’re not sure how serious the condition is. One call make all the difference.”

It is best that the police are called in any situation where someone is unsure about a person drinking. As the saying goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

It is unfortunate that I learned about the Indiana Lifeline Law in one of my classes. At at big school -- a well-known party school -- like IUB, the Indiana Lifeline Law should be pushed.

Indiana lawmakers should go to colleges in Indiana and talk about the Lifeline Law.

Underage drinking will always happen, no matter what. It is best that underage drinkers at least know about this law.

This law could be the difference between life or death.

Jaylen Johnson, of Merrillville, is a freshman at Indiana University in Bloomington. The opinions are the writer's.

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