Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that an officer of a fire department, in the performance of his or her official duties, has the authority to close to traffic a highway, or a lane or lanes of a highway, as necessary to protect the safety of persons or property. Amends the Criminal Code of 1961. Increases the penalties for the offense of reckless homicide if the offense is committed as a result of failing to follow the procedures required when approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle. Further increases the penalties if the defendant causes the deaths of 2 or more persons as part of a single course of conduct.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces the language amending the Illinois Vehicle Code with new language providing that, in the absence of a law enforcement officer or a representative of a highway agency having jurisdiction over a highway, an officer of a fire department has the authority to close to traffic a highway or lanes of a highway to protect persons or property. Also provides that the fire department officer shall use an official fire department vehicle with lighted red or white oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights and proper temporary traffic control. Contains provisions regarding training. Creates an exception for highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.