The new policy comes 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 from alcohol poisoning after a fraternity hazing ritual.
Emergency room Dr. Nisarg Shaw with Texas Health Dallas said, "We have kids who bring friends and drop them off out front." Shaw said many are worried about getting in trouble with the law. "We would actually like for someone who knows whats going on to stay at the hospital and give us a little help in taking care of their friend, but a lot of times they leave and take off."
Mothers Against Drunk Driver said in a statement: "This is a difficult issue. On one hand we want to make sure anyone that needs medical attention for alcohol poisoning receives it, if however this encourages binge drinking and underage drinking, then we would have a problem with it."