TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Gov. Sam Brownback officially signed Joey’s Law Friday at a ceremony at the Kansas Statehouse.
The bill was created in honor of Joey Weber. Weber was shot and killed by a Hays police officer in August.
John Weber, Joey’s father said it was one step in getting justice for Joey.
“It’s a very great feeling. It makes me feel much better about this whole situation,” he said. “It’s just one more memory we have of Joey.”
The law is aimed at protecting Kansas drivers with disabilities.
“I think this is something that could really help out law enforcement, give them more information, and hopefully help prevent this from happening in future instances,” said Brownback.
Joey’s Law issues a placard to a person that “needs assistance with cognition, including, but not limited to, persons with autism spectrum disorder..” It also allows for a notice on a license plate, a driver’s license, or vehicle registration. It would be voluntary to provide that information, and individuals can choose any option they would like.
The Webers are grateful lawmakers saw value in a law like Joey’s Law.
“If it saves one person’s life, just one person’s life,” said Joey’s mother, Nancy. “It will be a good thing.”
Joey’s Law will take affect July 1st. As for the Weber family, they aren’t done getting justice for Joey. They are now in the process of taking Joey’s Law across the nation. They’re hoping other states will also see value in the law.
Members of Joey’s family were at the signing.