Summer means fun on the water, but making drinking and drugging part of the fun can have fatal results. A new law will bring drunken boating closer to drunken driving in the eyes of the law, possibly even resulting in the offender losing his or her driver's license. “It's important, I think, that we not forget Tony,” said Gov. Pat Quinn in signing the bill. “It's going to be 'Tony's Law.'”
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Tony Borcia, a 10-year-old from Libertyville , was killed while tubing on the Chain-o-Lakes last year. A speeding boater who had been drinking and using cocaine was to blame. Borcia's aunt is the sponsor of the bill, State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). “When there's a major collision,” she says, “the boater will now have to submit to a blood-alcohol test.” Borcia was one of 17 people killed in boating-related accidents in Illinois in 2012.