This past May a new boating law was passed in #Chicago stating that any vessel towing or pulling a passenger, such as a water skier, must have an orange flag hanging from the highest point of a boat’s helm. According to an NBC Chicago article, the flag must be seen from all sides and displayed at all times.
In recent years, additional boating laws have been passed in Chicago. Such as allow the “seizure and forfeiture of watercraft used repeatedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” Source: NBC Chicago
In July 2014, Governor Quinn signed legislation to increase boating safety. Additional laws to the aforementioned included:
- Bringing stricter penalties to boaters driving under the influence similar to the consequences for driving a car under the influence
- Anyone born after January 1st, 1998 is required to take a pass a boating safety course in accordance with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
State Senator Julie Morrison and State Representative Kelly Burke sponsored all three pieces of new legislation. Here is a quote from State Representative Kelly Burke from Illinois.gov:
“Boating is a great recreational activity which I hope more people will participate in, but there are risks to everyone involved, novice and experts alike. This new law will ensure all boaters have as much experience and education as possible when enjoying themselves on our state’s waterways.”
This article by Indiana Natural Resources Commission, explains boating laws in further detail by explaining the Top 10 Boating Laws Violated On Lake Michigan.
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