New Laws for 2015

It's hard to predict what the new year will bring, but one thing we know for sure is it's coming with a brand new set of laws.  You can find some of the bigger ones on the open road.  Starting January 1,  law enforcement will be prohibited from taking a driver's license as bond following a traffic law violation.  Instead, you can sign a paper promising that you'll pay the ticket or show up in court.  

"You depend on that license to be able to drive your car, to get to work, school, drop the kids off," said Decatur resident Michael Greer.

And all police departments in the state will have to do away with ticket quotas.

"Law enforcement is here to serve the public.  Not to cause a problem, where there otherwise wasn't one, in order to meet a quota.

Some hunters may have to adjust their plans for next year.  Gray wolves, black bears, and cougars will be added to the list of protected species in Illinois.  It will be illegal to hunt, own, or trade any of them.

"I think it's a good idea that they are protected a little bit," said Decatur hunter Mark Henson.

And as social media gets more and more popular, so is the act of cyber-bullying.  A new law requires schools to address this new form of bullying even if it occurs off-campus on private computers and personal cell phones.

"It's overstepping boundaries," said Greer.
Henson believes students Need to be taught not to bully.  And I'm for anything that keeps people from bullying."

Agree or disagree, a law is a law.  In just a few days, we will have no choice but to abide.

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