New Laws

A new year means new laws for DUI’s- two-time offenders will now be required to install an ignition interlock device in their cars for a minimum of five years.

“It’s accountability, for those offenders of a DUI, that there are some repercussions for engaging in that and having a second conviction on their record for that,” said Jason Arres, a Commander with the Naperville Police Department.

But there is some leniency for those with four DUI’s who’ve shown three years of uninterrupted sobriety and completion of rehab. They’ll now have the chance to get a restricted driving permit.

Another law regarding alcohol will help prevent spiked drinks.

“It basically is illegal to sell, distribute, deliver powdered alcohol, which is a substance you mix it with water and it becomes an alcoholic beverage,” said Arres.

And if you’re under 18 and you call 9-1-1 for a friend who’s had too much to drink, neither you nor your friend will face repercussions for underage drinking.

Good news for breast-feeding moms- large airports are now required to provide a location for breast-feeding at each terminal behind the security screening area. These locations must be provided by January 1, 2017.

And in senior safety, a state-wide Silver Alert System will be put in place in 2016 for missing adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia or cognitive impairments.

Meanwhile, those who are terminally ill are now allowed to try experimental drugs.

Animals are also part of the new laws for 2016.

“Another new law coming out this year covers animals being left in cars in extreme heat or extreme cold conditions that could cause them to die, there is now a law in place that will prevent persons from leaving the animal in these situations, they can be held accountable for engaging in this practice,” said Arres.

And there’s added accountability for our police force as well. As part of a large bill called the Police and Community Improvement Act, Naperville officers will have a new rule when making stops in town.

“If we stop a citizen on the street for suspicious activity, belief that a crime is being committed and this ends up with a search or frisk, they will receive a receipt from us detailing that contact with police,” said Arres.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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