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Public Act 096-1371




Public Act 096-1371
SB3803 EnrolledLRB096 20879 AJT 36661 b

    AN ACT concerning transportation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Roadside Memorial Act is amended by adding
Section 23 as follows:
    (605 ILCS 125/23 new)
    Sec. 23. Fatal accident memorial marker program.
    (a) The fatal accident memorial marker program is intended
to raise public awareness of reckless driving by emphasizing
the dangers while affording families an opportunity to remember
the victims of crashes involving reckless drivers.
    (b) As used in this Section, "fatal accident memorial
marker" means a marker on a highway in this State commemorating
one or more persons who died as a proximate result of a crash
caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide in
violation of Section 9-3 or 9-3.2 of the Criminal Code of 1961
or who otherwise caused the death of one or more persons
through the operation of a motor vehicle.
    (c) For purposes of the fatal accident memorial marker
program in this Section, the provisions of Section 15 of this
Act applicable to DUI memorial markers shall apply the same to
fatal accident memorial markers.
    (d) A fatal accident memorial marker shall consist of a
white on blue panel bearing the message "Reckless Driving Costs
Lives". At the request of the qualified relative, a separate
panel bearing the words "In Memory of (victim's name)",
followed by the date of the crash that was the proximate cause
of the loss of the victim's life, shall be mounted below the
primary panel.
    (e) A fatal accident memorial marker may memorialize more
than one victim who died as a result of the same crash. If one
or more additional deaths subsequently occur in close proximity
to an existing fatal accident memorial marker, the supporting
jurisdiction may use the same marker to memorialize the
subsequent death or deaths, by adding the names of the
additional persons.
    (f) A fatal accident memorial marker shall be maintained
for at least 2 years from the date the last person was
memorialized on the marker.
    (g) The supporting jurisdiction has the right to install a
marker at a location other than the location of the crash or to
relocate a marker due to restricted room, property owner
complaints, interference with essential traffic control
devices, safety concerns, or other restrictions. In such cases,
the sponsoring jurisdiction may select an alternate location.
    (h) The Department shall secure the consent of any
municipality before placing a fatal accident memorial marker
within the corporate limits of the municipality.
    (i) A fee in an amount to be determined by the supporting
jurisdiction shall be charged to the qualified relative. The
fee shall not exceed the costs associated with the fabrication,
installation, and maintenance of the fatal accident memorial
    (j) The Department shall report to the General Assembly no
later than October 1, 2011 on the evaluation of the program and
the number of fatal accident memorial marker requests.
    (k) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2011.

Effective Date: 1/1/2011