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(625 ILCS 5/18c-7503)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-7503)
Trespassing on railroad property; terminal security.
(1) Trespassing on railroad property prohibited.
(a) General prohibition. Except as otherwise provided
in paragraph (b) of this subsection, no person may:
(i) walk, ride, drive or be upon or along the
right of way or rail yard of a rail carrier within the State, at a place other than a public crossing;
(ii) enter or be
upon any railroad property;
(iii) without lawful authority or the railroad
carrier's consent, ride on the outside of a train or inside a passenger car, locomotive, or freight car, including a box car, flatbed, or container;
(iv) willfully lead or contrive any animal to go
upon the railroad's rights of way for any reason other than to pass over such rights of way at a marked public crossing; or
(v) throw or cause to be thrown on to the
railroad's rights of way any waste paper, ashes, household waste, glass, metal, tires, refuse, or rubbish.
This subsection shall not apply to:
(i) fare paying passengers on trains or employees
(ii) railroad employees and an authorized
representative of rail carrier employees, while performing required duties in accordance with reasonable rail carrier company guidelines;
(iii) a person going upon the right of way or
into the rail yard to save human life or to remove an object that a reasonable person would believe poses an imminent threat to human life or limb;
(iv) a person being on the station grounds or in
the depot of the rail carrier for the purpose of transacting business;
(v) a person, his family, or his employees or
agents going across a farm crossing, as defined in this Chapter, for the purpose of crossing from one part to another part of a farm he owns or leases, where the farm lies on both sides of the right of way;
(vi) a person having written permission from the
rail carrier to go upon the right of way or into the rail yard;
(vii) representatives of local, State, and
federal governmental agencies in performance of their official duties; and
(viii) a person having written permission from
the rail carrier to go in or be upon railroad property.
(a) Any person found in violation of item (i), (ii),
(iii) or (iv) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor for a first offense. In addition to such other sanctions as may be deemed appropriate by the court, the person shall be subject to a mandatory fine of not less than $150 or more than $500, or to imprisonment for not less than 5 days nor more than 30 days, or both. For each subsequent offense, the person shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. In addition to such sanctions as may be deemed appropriate by the court, the person shall be subject to a mandatory fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, or to imprisonment for not less than 10 days or more than one year, or both.
(b) Any person found in violation of item (v) of
paragraph (a) of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offense and in addition to such sanctions as may be deemed appropriate by the court shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500, or community service of not less than 8 hours nor more than 50 hours, or both. If damage to any railroad property or bodily injury occurs to another as a result of a violation of item (v) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1), that person shall be charged with the offense of Malicious Removal of or Damage to Railroad Property or Freight pursuant to Section 18c-7502.
(c) Local authorities shall impose fines as
established in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection (2) for persons found in violation of this Section or any similar local ordinance.
(2.5) Terminal security. The owner of a terminal is expressly authorized, within the terminal property, to construct and operate berms, commercially constructed electric fences, and monitoring equipment as security measures for reducing the economic impact of theft, enhancing homeland security, and improving the protection of the general public welfare. The terminal owner shall properly operate and maintain these security measures. Any electric fence installed pursuant to this subsection shall: (i) be marked with appropriate signs; (ii) be entirely surrounded at a distance of at least 36 inches by properly maintained non-electric perimeter fences at least 8 feet tall; (iii) operate at a level of current that is not lethal to a human being upon contact; (iv) be covered at all times by an insurance policy maintained by the operator of the terminal for liability from claims arising out of the operation of the fence in an amount not less than $10,000,000 per occurrence; and (v) be regularly monitored and inspected by a qualified electrician. The use of any of these security measures in accordance with this subsection is not a violation of this Sub-chapter.
(3) Definitions. For purposes of this Section:
"Passenger" means a person
who is traveling by train with lawful authority and who does not participate in
operation. The term "passenger" does not include stowaways.
any form of
nonhighway ground transportation that runs on rails or electromagnetic
(i) commuter or other short-haul railroad
passenger service in a metropolitan or urban area; and
(ii) high-speed ground transportation systems
that connect metropolitan areas; but does not include rapid transit operations in an urban area that are not connected to the general railroad system of transportation.
"Railroad carrier" means a person providing railroad transportation.
"Railroad property" means all tangible property owned, leased, or operated by
carrier including a right of way, track, bridge, yard, shop, station, tunnel,
viaduct, trestle, depot,
warehouse, terminal, or any other structure, appurtenance, or equipment owned,
leased, or used
in the operation of any railroad carrier including trains, locomotives,
railroad cars, work
equipment, rolling stock, or safety devices.
"Railroad property" does not include a railroad
carrier's administrative buildings or offices, office equipment, or intangible
property such as
software or other information.
"Right of way" means
the track or roadbed owned, leased, or operated by a rail
carrier which is located on
either side of its tracks and which is readily recognizable to a reasonable
person as being railroad property or is reasonably
identified as such
by fencing or appropriate signs.
"Terminal" means a rail terminal facility, intermodal facility where at least one mode of transportation serviced by the facility is a railroad, or other railroad freight facility larger than 25 acres.
"Yard" means a system of parallel tracks, crossovers, and switches where
railroad cars are
switched and made up into trains, and where railroad cars, locomotives, and
other rolling stock
is kept when not in use or when awaiting repair.
(Source: P.A. 94-736, eff. 5-1-06.)