January 2, 2015

New Laws for 2015

Drivers take note, this year there are a lot of changes on the roadway for 2015.

“One of them was the speed limit on the toll way system, which is now going to be increased to 70 mph. So that basically went into effect last year with a lot of the other roadways but now it includes the toll way system so that’s one of the bigger ones that will impact the community,” said Naperville Police Department’s Bill Davis of the Public Information Unit.

That could include I-88, 355, and 294, but before you put the petal to the medal, make sure to double-check the speed limit as each toll way has the authority to lower the limit in high-risk areas.

If you ARE caught for a moving citation, you no longer need to hand over your ID. There’s a new “sign and drive deal” where you just have to sign the citation, pay the ticket online, and move on.

However, new drivers need to pay extra attention, because speeding tickets now come with a mandatory court date and a possibility of losing your license for up to a year.

Another new law deals with liability for underage drinkers and their parents.

“Currently, right now the law affects your residence, you’re liable if underage drinking is going on at your house. That’s being expanded to RVs, watercraft vehicles, other property that you may own,” said Davis.

Naperville is already a no-tolerance town when it comes to underage drinking, so expect enforcement to be firm on this new law.

Also being enforced, e-cigarettes must now be behind the counter at convenience stores and the vapor refills must be in childproof packaging.

With the rise of cyber bullying, Illinois has added a law to help protect students.

“In the schools now, if there’s any cyber bullying going on, schools are mandated, they have to enforce that law and investigate those type of offensives even if it may have occurred off campus/school property. They still have to look into it if it involves activity during the day,” said Davis.

That includes anything sent from a mobile device or through social media.

And a new law seeks to protect pregnant women, by requiring that employers provide pregnant workers with reasonable accommodations.

One last law of note, kids suffering from seizures can now qualify for Cannabidiol, which is an orally administered liquid to treat epilepsy.


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