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'Brady's Bill' to ease penalties of underage drinkers

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mother is teaming up with a valley teen in an effort to change a Nevada law involving underage drinking.

Kimberly Caipa and 18-year-old Rose Asaf introduce State Senate Bill 464 to the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. SB 464, also known as 'Brady's Bill,' will give immunity to minors who were drinking if they end up having to call 911 to help a fellow teen.

"We want to stress that SB 464 addresses concerns about underage drinking by empowering young people to make the right and responsible decision to seek medical assistance without hesitation and without fear of legal consequences," said Rose Asaf, Nevada Youth Legislature.

Similar laws already exist in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

"There isn't a law that you can pass that is going to stop kids from drinking, but there are things we can do to help them be safe. That's what this bill does,” Caipa said.

Caipa's motivation for the bill comes from her own pain. In 2011, her son, Brady Caipa who was underage at the time, died after drinking too much alcohol a house party in Henderson.

"If one of those kids would have called and if they would have done the right thing that night, he'd still be here,” said Caipa.

Rose Asaf , a senior at Bishop Gorman High School came up with the idea for the proposed legislation two years ago. Asaf said she never met Brady, but she's always been motivated to do something like this.

"We want to make sure that this bill isn't abused and that it doesn't promote underage drinking. We want it to provide a safe way for people who are in trouble to get help,” Asaf said.

It's been more than three years since Brady died of alcohol poison and asphyxiation at a house party, but it's still hard for his mother to talk about what happened. However, for Caipa it's important to get her message out to save lives.

"I will just keep telling my story hoping that this will support kids and help them do the right thing,” Caipa said. "If it prevents one family from going through what we've gone through -- then it's worth it."

SB 464 already has support from the University of Nevada Reno, Metro Police and other law enforcement agencies.


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