Gov. Quinn passes new legislation to protect those with disabilities | Health
PERRY COUNTY, IL (KFVS) Governor Pat Quinn announced Wednesday she signed a legislation to improve the security of Illinois residents with different disabilities using a remotely-activated bracelet.
The bracelet will contact emergency services during a missing persons incident.
“We need to make sure that our most vulnerable citizens can get help when they most need it,” said Governor Quinn. “This measure will greatly help caregivers and emergency personnel respond to someone who needs assistance and return them safely.”
Under the current law, it is a Class A misdemeanor to install or connect an automatic alarm, alarm altering device or mechanical dialer that contacts 911. House Bill 1610 is an exemption for bracelets that can be remotely activated to alert emergency response personnel of a person in need.
The bracelets are activated under the new law are activated upon alert from a missing person's registered caregiver. Immediately after activation, the device contacts emergency services and gives a message on behalf of the person wearing it. The call is handled as any other 911 call.
The new legislation was spurred by a 2007 incident where a 7-year-old with Autism disappeared for several hours in Elmhurst. Like many autistic children, James often runs out of his parent's sight and after a large search effort, he was found at a grocery store more than two miles from his home.
The new law takes effect January 1, 2012.
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