Illinois will have some new laws affecting boaters.

“These bills will save lives,” said State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), as the governor signed into law the measures she sponsored along with State Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park).

  • One new law requires anyone born in 1998 or later who is operating a boat with a motor over 10 horsepower to pass a DNR-approved boating safety class.
  • Another allows the cops to seize the boats of drunken boaters. “If you’re able to elude our buddies at DNR on the water, we at the Illinois State Police are going to catch you on the roadway, and we’re gonna have the privilege of towing and impounding not only your car but your boat as well,” State Police Director Hiram Grau said.
  • The third new requires an orange flag, at least 12 inches on each side, on any boat that’s towing a water-skier or tuber.

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The three laws take effect next year

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