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Full Text of HB3513  99th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced , by Rep. Robert F. Martwick


New Act

    Creates the Radio Broadcast Safety Act. Provides that a radio broadcaster is prohibited from transmitting any siren or crash noise via over-the-air communication that may be heard by a driver. Provides a penalty for violation of this Act. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning safety.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Radio
5Broadcast Safety Act.
6    Section 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds that the
7broadcast of sirens or noises replicating a vehicular collision
8over the radio may cause drivers listening to the radio to
9become distracted. These drivers may, upon hearing a siren or
10vehicular crash on the radio, mistake the sound for an actual
11siren or vehicular crash within the immediate vicinity of the
12vehicle they are operating. These drivers may then engage in
13unreasonable driving behaviors, such as pulling over abruptly
14to clear the road for an emergency vehicle, or applying the
15brakes suddenly to avoid a vehicular collision. These sudden
16reactions may cause a safety hazard for the driver and others
17drivers within the immediate vicinity. Therefore, the General
18Assembly finds that prohibiting these noises from being
19broadcast over the radio is necessary to protect the safety and
20well-being of all drivers.
21    Section 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
22    "Crash noise" means any sound transmitted by a radio



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1broadcaster via an over-the-air communication that is
2substantially similar to the sound of two or more vehicles
3colliding. "Crash noises" include, but are not limited to,
4screeching tires or screeching rubber, and glass or metal
6    "Driver" means every person who drives or is in actual
7physical control of a vehicle.
8    "Radio broadcaster" means a radio broadcasting station,
9primarily engaged in, and deriving income from, the business of
10facilitating speech via over-the-air communications, including
11both pure speech and commercial speech.
12    "Siren" means any sound transmitted by a radio broadcaster
13via an over-the-air communication that is substantially
14similar to the sound of a police vehicle, fire vehicle,
15ambulance, or other emergency vehicle that is high pitched in
16tone and is used to alert drivers of the police vehicle, fire
17vehicle, ambulance, or other emergency vehicle.
18    Section 15. Offense. A radio broadcaster is prohibited from
19transmitting any siren or crash noise via over-the-air
20communication that may be heard by a driver. This prohibition
21includes advertisements transmitted by the radio broadcaster.
22    Section 20. Penalties. Whoever violates this Act is guilty
23of a petty offense, and upon conviction thereof shall be
24punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500



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1for the first offense and not less than $500 nor more than
2$1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.