Bill Text: IL HB3469 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Reinforces that a vehicle operated by a fire chief, a chief of police of a municipality, a sheriff of a county, or a chief emergency medical services officer may be equipped with a siren, whistle, or bell capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 500 feet.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 5-3)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-06-23 - Sent to the Governor [HB3469 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3469-Enrolled.html



HB3469 EnrolledLRB100 10204 AXK 20386 b
1 AN ACT concerning transportation.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
5Section 12-601 as follows:
6 (625 ILCS 5/12-601) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-601)
7 Sec. 12-601. Horns and warning devices.
8 (a) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall
9be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of
10emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance
11of not less than 200 feet, but no horn or other warning device
12shall emit an unreasonable loud or harsh sound or a whistle.
13The driver of a motor vehicle shall when reasonably necessary
14to insure safe operation give audible warning with his horn but
15shall not otherwise use such horn when upon a highway.
16 (b) No vehicle shall be equipped with nor shall any person
17use upon a vehicle any siren, whistle, or bell, except as
18otherwise permitted in this section. Any authorized emergency
19vehicle or organ transport vehicle as defined in Chapter 1 of
20this Code or a vehicle operated by a fire chief or the Director
21or Coordinator of a municipal or county emergency services and
22disaster agency, Act may be equipped with a siren, whistle, or
23bell, capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions

HB3469 Enrolled- 2 -LRB100 10204 AXK 20386 b
1from a distance of not less than 500 feet, but such siren,
2whistle or bell, shall not be used except when such vehicle is
3operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate
4pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law in either
5of which events the driver of such vehicle shall sound such
6siren, whistle or bell, when necessary to warn pedestrians and
7other drivers of the approach thereof.
8 (c) Trackless trolley coaches, as defined by Section 1-206
9of this Code, and replica trolleys, as defined by Section
101-171.04 of this Code, may be equipped with a bell or bells in
11lieu of a horn, and may, in addition to the requirements of
12paragraph (a) of this Section, use a bell or bells for the
13purpose of indicating arrival or departure at designated stops
14during the hours of scheduled operation.
15(Source: P.A. 89-345, eff. 1-1-96; 89-687, eff. 6-1-97; 90-347,
16eff. 1-1-98; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)
feedback