TABC new alcohol poisoning amnesty for minors

December 2, 2009 8:06:30 AM PST
An amnesty program by Texas alcohol regulators is meant to stop youth poisoning deaths. The announcement Wednesday by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission came on the first anniversary of the California death of an 18-year-old college student from Austin.

Carson Starkey was a freshman at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, who died after attending a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party. Police have said Starkey had to drink a bag full of alcoholic beverages as part of the pledging process. The fraternity was later suspended.

TABC agents "will not cite minors for the illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages if an individual seeks assistance because of a medical emergency or because a person has been a victim of sexual assault or other violent crime."


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