January 7th, 2014 at 10:23 am
Legislators in Illinois are evaluating multiple measures to increase safety in the state’s waterways, including one bill that increases the penalties for those operating a boat under the influence. Penalties for DUIs across the state include fines, license suspension, and possible jail time. Obtaining a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible after your arrest is crucial for your case.
Under the new suggested bill, anyone caught operating a boat under the influence of intoxicants would face an immediate driver’s license suspension for a period of three months. Sponsored by state Senator Julie Morrison, the bill was spurred by the death of new nephew in 2012. Anthony Borcia was 10 years old when he fell off a tube and was struck by a boat.
The boat driver was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of drugs. The new law amends the Boat Registration and Safety Act so that any person operating a watercraft in the state who is involved in a boating accident automatically gives their consent to chemical testing for determining intoxicating substances in the body.
A separate measure currently in consideration would require individuals born after January 1, 1990 will need to go through a boating safety course in order to get a certificate from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Right now, the only individuals required to have a safety certificate to operate a boat are those people between the ages of 12 and 18 who are on a boat without a parent or guardian. The final piece of legislation being evaluated requires any boat operators towing a person behind the watercraft to use an orange flag on the boat.
Being arrested for a DUI in Illinois, whether it’s on the road or on the water, can lead to serious consequences. Make sure that you are informed of your rights and have discussed your case with an Illinois DUI attorney.