By Paul Drewes
(KHNL) - The end of 2006 is just days away, and along with the start of a new year, there are also a number of new laws that will go into effect.
One of the big stories for 2006, was thefts of computers containing personnel information for millions of people.
Some were upset over their private data not being secure, others upset it took so long for them to find out about it.
Here in Hawaii, in the new year, if there is a security breach for businesses or government agencies that have social security, drivers license numbers or financial accounts, they must alert people who could possibly be affected - right away!
Businesses are also now required to destroy records when they dispose of them, to protect against unauthorized access.
And people who are victims of identity theft will be able to place a security freeze on their credit reports, so unauthorized parties can't get into them.
Because speeding is involved in a large number of fatal accidents in the islands, there will be harsh penalties for excessive speeding (which is 30 miles an hour over the limit or any speed over 79 miles an hour ).
Fines begin at $500 for first offenders and also include a 30 day suspension of their license and either community service or jailtime.
Underage drinkers who are convicted of illegally possessing liquor, even if they are not driving, will get their drivers license suspended for 180 days.
And speaking of our roads, expect to see fewer events on our streets in Waikiki.
Come '07, there can only be a total of 25 parades and block parties throughout the entire year.