State of Illinois
91st General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT to amend  the  Illinois  Vehicle  Code  by  adding
 2    Section 18c-7405.

 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section 5.  The  Illinois  Vehicle  Code  is  amended  by
 6    adding Section 18c-7405 as follows:

 7        (625 ILCS 5/18c-7405 new)
 8        Sec. 18c-7405.  After accident counseling.
 9        (a)  Every  rail carrier shall provide or make counseling
10    or  other  critical  incident  stress   debriefing   services
11    available  to each member of an operating crew involved in an
12    accident that results in  loss  of  life  or  serious  bodily
13    injury  on  its  railway  or right of way. If the engineer or
14    other operating crew member  involved  requests,  he  or  she
15    shall  be relieved from duty with compensation and applicable
16    benefits at the site of the accident, or within 48  hours  of
17    the accident, for a minimum of 3 days.
18        (b)  An  engineer returning to duty following leave under
19    subsection (a) shall, if he or she so requests,  be  assigned
20    an  assistant  engineer  or  other qualified person who shall
21    accompany him or her for such time as  may  be  necessary  to
22    guarantee  the public safety, or until an appropriate medical
23    practitioner has determined that the engineer does not suffer
24    from post-traumatic stress disorder.
25        (c)  The Illinois Commerce Commission shall  adopt  rules
26    necessary  for  the  implementation  and  enforcement  of the
27    provisions of this Section.
28        (d)  Nothing in this Section is intended  to  affect  any
29    negotiated  contract  provision  between  employees  and rail
30    carriers.

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