NORTH COAST- One of several new laws taking effect next year focuses on Amber Alerts. According to the CHP starting Jan. 1, an expansion of the current amber alert law will go into effect.
It requires law enforcement to activate an amber alert if a child has been reported taken or abducted by anyone including a parent or guardian that has custody.
Prior to the new law, legal parents and guardians were not included in the guidelines but due to an increase in the amount of child abductions, officials said the law was changed.
CHP Public Information Officer Matt Harvey said, “We had a few situations in recent years where there was a parent or guardian that had abducted a child but prior to 2014 it did not meet the definition of abduction and so it was a big concern of ours. We worked hard, our legislature worked hard to get this law into effect and I think its going to help the Amber Alert program be much more successful.”