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Bill Would Remove Underage Drinking Penalty in Medical Cases

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On Monday, the Nevada Youth Legislature presented Senate Bill 464, also known as Brady's Bill, named for a Bishop Gorman student that died after a night of binge drinking.

"'Be safe and take care of each other.' Those are the last words I spoke to my son, Brady."

Kimberly Caipa's son died more than three years ago after drinking too much, he fell and hit his head. After feeling sick, his friends left him to sleep it off, but the 17-year-old never woke up. It's because of him why so many want SB 464 to become law.

"We need to keep our youth safe. And regardless of a minor misdemeanor or a minor legal consequence. That shouldn't be our priority,” says Rose Asaf, Chair, Nevada Youth Legislature.

It's a misdemeanor for a minor to be in possession or consumption of alcohol. If passed, this law would exempt a minor from criminal liability if that person calls for emergency medical help for himself, herself, or another person.

The one that needs help would also be exempt.

"A number of studies have shown that amnesty programs will increase the number of students who choose to reach out for emergency services during a case of suspected alcohol poisoning or overdose,” says Stacy Woodbury of the Nevada State Medical Association.

ASUN Speaker of the Senate Caden Fabbi adds, "I think this is important because it's really going to encourage students to look after each other. We know that drinking happens on college campuses. It happens on every campus.”

A recent study shows that about half of high school seniors have drank alcohol in the last month. And about 75% of college students.

"We know that under-aged drinking is a real problem in Nevada and we have to take the initiative to ensure that the under-aged drinkers remain safe, and foremost, remain alive,” says Asaf.

While this bill is too late for Brady Caipa, his mother says it could save others in a similar situation. "We fight for it because if this bill prevents even one more mother from answering her door to police officers, reporting that their child is dead, then it is worthwhile."

If one of these situations happened at a party, it would not exempt everyone from penalties -- just the person that calls and the person in need of help. That's so people don't abuse the intent of the law.

23 other states have already adopted laws that are similar to this one.

To read more about bills in this session, click here.
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