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Are Good Samaritan Laws Good?

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Clinton, NY (WIBX) – The Oneida County District Attorney is dropping charges against a  now famous daughter of an even  more famous rock star, citing Good Samaritan laws that prevent her prosecution.

Stephanie Bongiovi, a student at Hamilton College, was allegedly found to be in possession of heroin but because she almost overdosed, and someone called police to help her, neither she nor anyone else at the scene could be charged with drug possession.

There are limitations regarding quantity but for the most part the law protects those who might otherwise be charged.  Some say the law is the only way to make certain that people get help when they are in risky situations.  Others criticize aspects of the law, stating that an overdose would have been tragic but a crime is a crime.

What do you think?  And what about other aspects of Good Samaritan laws that protect those who attempt to help victims of accidents?  Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook pageand vote here is today’s Question of the Day:

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