Full Text of SB3245 101st General Assembly
SB3245 101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced 2/11/2020, by Sen. Cristina Castro
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
605 ILCS 125/5
605 ILCS 125/23.1
Amends the Roadside Memorial Act. Provides that a fatal accident
memorial marker shall consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message
"Reckless Driving Costs Lives" if the victim or victims died as a proximate
result of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless
homicide. Provides that all other fatal accident memorial markers shall
consist of a white on blue panel bearing the message "Drive With Care".
Makes changes to the purpose of the Act and intentions of the fatal
accident memorial marker program.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Roadside Memorial Act is amended by changing
Sections 5 and 23.1 as follows:
(605 ILCS 125/5)
Purpose of the Roadside Memorial program.
Roadside Memorial program is intended to raise public awareness
affording families an opportunity to remember the
involving impaired drivers
(Source: P.A. 95-398, eff. 1-1-08.)
(605 ILCS 125/23.1)
Fatal accident memorial marker program.
(a) The fatal accident memorial marker program is intended
to raise public awareness of
traffic fatalities caused by
or other means
by emphasizing the dangers
while affording families an opportunity to remember the victims
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
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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 the Criminal Code of 2012 or who otherwise caused the death
of one or more persons through the operation of a motor
(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
if the victim or victims 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 the Criminal Code of 2012. Otherwise, a fatal
accident memorial marker shall consist of a white on blue panel
bearing the message "Drive With Care"
. 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
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subsequent death or deaths, by adding the names of the
(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 these
cases, the sponsoring jurisdiction may select an alternate
(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 provisions of this Section shall apply to any fatal
accident marker constructed on or after January 1, 2013.
(Source: P.A. 98-334, eff. 8-13-13.)