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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 Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing
Section 12-604.1 and by adding Sections 1-218.10 and 12-604.3
(625 ILCS 5/1-218.10 new)
Video event recorder.
A video recorder
placed inside a vehicle that continuously records, in a digital
loop, audio, video, and G-force levels.
(625 ILCS 5/12-604.1)
(a) A person may not operate a motor vehicle if a
television receiver, a video monitor, a television or video
screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a
television broadcast or video signal that produces
entertainment or business applications is operating and is
located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back
of the driver's seat, or is operating and visible to the driver
while driving the motor vehicle.
(a-5) A person commits aggravated use of a video device
when he or she violates subsection (a) and in committing the
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violation he or she was involved in a motor vehicle accident
that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability,
disfigurement, or death to another and the violation was a
proximate cause of the injury or death.
(b) This Section does not apply to the following equipment,
whether or not permanently installed in a vehicle:
(1) a vehicle information display;
(2) a global positioning display;
(3) a mapping or navigation display;
(4) a visual display used to enhance or supplement the
driver's view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor
vehicle for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle;
(5) television-type receiving equipment used
exclusively for safety or traffic engineering studies; or
(6) a television receiver, video monitor, television
or video screen, or any other similar means of visually
displaying a television broadcast or video signal, if that
equipment has an interlock device that, when the motor
vehicle is driven, disables the equipment for all uses
except as a visual display as described in paragraphs (1)
through (5) of this subsection (b).
(c) This Section does not apply to a mobile, digital
terminal installed in an authorized emergency vehicle, a motor
vehicle providing emergency road service or roadside
assistance, or to motor vehicles utilized for public
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(d) This Section does not apply to a television receiver,
video monitor, television or video screen, or any other similar
means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video
signal if: (i) the equipment is permanently installed in the
motor vehicle; and (ii) the moving entertainment images that
the equipment displays are not visible to the driver while the
motor vehicle is in motion.
(d-5) This Section does not apply to a video event
recorder, as defined in Section 1-218.10 of this Code,
installed in a contract carrier vehicle.
(e) Except as provided in subsection (f) of this Section, a
person convicted of violating this Section is guilty of a petty
offense and shall be fined not more than $100 for a first
offense, not more than $200 for a second offense within one
year of a previous conviction, and not more than $250 for a
third or subsequent offense within one year of 2 previous
(f) A person convicted of violating subsection (a-5)
commits a Class A misdemeanor if the violation resulted in
great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement to
another. A person convicted of violating subsection (a-5)
commits a Class 4 felony if the violation resulted in the death
of another person.
(Source: P.A. 97-499, eff. 1-1-12; 98-507, eff. 1-1-14.)
(625 ILCS 5/12-604.3 new)
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Video event recorder notice.
carrier vehicle carrying passengers that is equipped with a
video event recorder shall have a notice posted in a visible
location stating that a passenger's conversation may be
recorded. Any data recorded by a video event recorder shall be
the sole property of the registered owner or lessee of the
contract carrier vehicle.