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Substitute House Bill No. 5448

Public Act No. 04-133


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2004) Each vehicle purchased for use primarily as a patrol car by a state police officer on or after January 1, 2006, shall be equipped with a manufacturer-installed fire suppression system. For purposes of this section, "fire suppression system" means a system that is integrated into the structure and electrical architecture of a vehicle and (1) uses sensors to measure post-impact vehicle movement to determine the optimal time to deploy chemicals designed to suppress the spread of fire or extinguish a fire resulting from a high-speed rear-end collision, and (2) may be activated both manually and automatically.

Approved May 21, 2004