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NH Legislature Debates Good Sam Law
The Valley News published an editorial on Saturday in praise of a proposed Good Samaritan law that is being debated in the NH legislature:
The proposal in New Hampshire is simple and straightforward: “Any person who places a call through the enhanced 911 system to report a suspected drug or alcohol related emergency shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability for good faith conduct arising from or pertaining to the placing of the call.” That protection is extended to the person experiencing the emergency.
Enactment of this law — like ones already in place in ten other states — would deprive the Town of Hanover police of its main venue for arresting Dartmouth students (currently a full arrest in the case of a second offence, or running them into an expensive Town diversion program for their first infraction) for abuse of the underage drinking laws, a regular event that I reported in The D on February 16, 2007:
Additionally, Safety and Security does not transport incapacitated students to DHMC in its own vehicles, so when Dick’s House determines that a student is incapacitated, the College calls for the Town of Hanover ambulance — an action that almost always elicits an arrest by the Hanover Police Department.
Once in the hands of the Hanover Police, a student confronts a choice between a court hearing that usually leads to a fine of between $250 and $300, an Internet-retrievable court record and a possible 30-day loss of driving privileges when the court automatically reports excessive consumption to the DMV or participation in the town’s day-long “diversion” program at a cost to the student of $400.
This law would remove a deterrent that restrains students from calling for help. Support it.
Addendum: Dartmouth has had its own internal Good Sam rule for more than a decade now. The Valley News’ Jim Kenyon commented on the importance of these rules in October 2009. And one might have hoped that Hanover’s Selectboard would have long ago issued enlightened guidance to Chief Giaccone in this area.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…