Boating Safety Laws in Illinois

Web Admin - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

illinois boating accident lawyerOne of the most common summer activities around Illinois is boating. It is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the water and the good weather. However, boating is also a dangerous activity if people do not do it with the proper care. 

Consequently, Illinois has a variety of boating safety laws in place to help ensure that everyone can safely take advantage of the summer weather while it lasts. These laws were recently updated following the death of a 10-year-old boy in an alleged drunk boating accident. The new laws include further restrictions and increased penalties on operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol, special signaling requirements for safety and visibility, and boating licenses for younger operators.

Boating and Alcohol

One of the most common causes of boating fatalities is the improper use of alcohol while boating. Just like driving a car, operating a boat while intoxicated increases the risk of death or serious injury while on the water. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, despite alcohol being involved in approximately one in six boating accidents overall, it has been a factor in one-third of the boating deaths this year.

Boaters should keep in mind that the legal limit for operating a boat or personal watercraft is the same as it is for driving a car: 0.08 percent blood alcohol content. The penalties for such violations can be severe, including thousands of dollars in fines and up to 14 years in prison if the impaired boat operation results in a person's death. Additionally, if a person is convicted of three DUIs, then the state may take their boat from them as part of the penalty. Boating DUIs can also affect a person's ability legally to drive their car since courts may punish intoxicated boaters by suspending their driver's licenses.

Signaling and License Requirements

The updated laws also have new requirements as far as signaling and licensing requirements are concerned. Now, any boat that is pulling someone behind it in a tube or on water skis must display a bright orange flag from the highest point on the boat. The flag must be at least a one-foot square, and it must stay out the entire time that the boat pulls the person. The law also added a new license requirement for boat operators between the ages of 12 and 17. Starting in 2016, minor operators must complete a boating safety course before they can operate a motorboat.  

If you have recently been involved in a boating accident caused by the negligence of others, contact an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney today. Our skilled team of lawyers represents clients in many northwest suburban towns like Rolling Meadows, Barrington, and Crystal Lake.

About the Author: Attorney Ken Apicella is a founding partner of DGAA focusing in the areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage disputes, and civil litigation. Ken earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. He has been named a SuperLawyers Rising Star and a Forty Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch. Ken has written and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at Northwest Suburban Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Recent Posts


breathalyzer test Chicago corporate attorney Illinois employment law attorneys medication errors Schaumburg real estate lawyer Illinois employment law attorney Palatine civil litigation lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney caretaker rights real estate lawyer ObamaCare appealing an insurance claim rent to own real estate contracts insurance dispute attorney controlled substance special needs trust expungement Illinois business lawyer loopholes traumatic brain injuries Colin Gilbert workers compensation employment attorney Illinois collections attorney cell phone accidents insurance adjusters Illinois lawyer Deer Park criminal attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorney insurance claim dispute probate South Barrington real estate lawyer Palatine traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake employment attorney Palatine civil attorney Retaliatory Discharge Palatine personal injury lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Buffalo Grove employment lawyer federal crimes federal regulations for LLCs Arlington Heights lawyer products liability Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer paid sick leave fiduciary rule delay Long Grove estate planning attorneys Des Plaines drug lawyer insurance agent negligence Illinois real estate Schaumburg Attorney Illinois criminal defense attorney creditors llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Deer Park traffic lawyer medical malpractice Illinois workplace discrimination attorney traffic laws life insurance corporate law Illinois trusts attorney Illinois employment law personal injury attorney Illinois will lawyer insurance disputes Arlington Heights tax lawyer real estate zoning Deer Park personal injury lawyer denied insurance claim pet law POA foreclosure dealing with problem employees Arlington Heights employment attorney college kids startup company truck collisions Barrington workers compensation attorney living trust benefits estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Palatine punch death estate planning trusts Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer boating DUI life insurance policy automated cars preventing accidents subcontractor privacy laws Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer slip and fall accidents institutional trustee Illinois rollover accident lawyers internet drug possession Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer cell phone tower data Long Grove real estate attorney drug crimes lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney suspended license Mount Prospect elder law attorney Des Plaines injury law firm CAM blended families digital information Barrington business law firm operating agreements Illinois traffic attorney sexual harassment Forcible Entry installment contracts product liability Barrington criminal defense lawyer wills license suspension Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Deer Park accident attorney estate planning for college students Inverness insurance attorney employee discrimination Palatine corporate law attorneys license revocation personal injury vacation home fines estate planning attorney insurance agents commercial leasing Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer FMLA Palatine estate planning lawyer Palatine workers compensation lawyer FSLA Chicago employment attorney Palatine criminal defense lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm severance agreements ken apicella Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney right to work trucking accident lawyers elder abuse unauthorized overtime Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Chicago will attorney comp time Chicago attorney Deer Park DUI lawyer spinal cord injury Illinois traffic accident lawyer Arlington Heights insurance attorney probate fees DUI defense medical research personal injury claim wrongful death Crystal Lake employment law attorney icy parking lots Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Crystal Lake business law attorneys car crash injuries Rolling Meadows Illinois business law atorneys Illinois job attorney DUI attorney Thanksgiving surgical mistakes Employment Discrimination Law landlord tenant law Fair Labor Standards Act Legal Info distracted driving accident victims School Visitation Rights Act murder denial of life insurance gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Palatine Attorney Illinois employment law firm breach of contract Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois Smoke Detector Act Illinois attorney Illinois real estate lawyer hit and run accident criminal in terrorem provision Barrington drug crime attorney rumble strips ACA pain and suffering taxes insurance dispute Crystal Lake tax lawyer accidental death benefits Illinois insurance dispute lawyers income distribution deducation Arlington Heights TBI attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Arlington Heights car crash attorneys IRA trust transfer Long Grove estate planning attorney clemency traffic tickets hands free device Inverness elder law lawyer Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Inverness DUI lawyer meal breaks Palatine business attorney Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney rollover accidents TBI Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Des Plaines accident attorney Rolling Meadows tax attorney Illinois registered agent tax attorney Buffalo Grove law firm Schaumburg traffic lawyer employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Palatine employment law lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney Illinois insurance claims lawyers filing a medical malpractice claim pregnant women Schaumburg insurance lawyers Illinois mortgages Rolling Meadows criminal attorney Illinois personal injury lawyer defective products home inspection lawyer trench injuries Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer real estate leasing power of attorney for healthcare capital gains tax traffic accidents drugs Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Kenilworth estate planning attorneys underfunded trust Liquor Control Act Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys insurance attorney Illinois medical malpractice lawyers Des Plaines jet ski Illinois workers compensation lawyer pedestrian-automobile accident IRA benefits Illinois civil litigation lawyer cell phone Des Plaines criminal attorney Barrington employment law firm Rolling Meadows real estate attorney medical malpractice compensation deed transfer Mt Prospect Attorney Palatine corporate attorney Whistleblower Claims Chicago traffic lawyer hiring employees agent child safety traffic deaths Crystal Lake traffic attorney Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Crystal Lake car accident attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Inverness personal injury attorney anesthesia errors bad faith insurance claims Illinois workers compensation attorney marijuana crimes attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation natural gas Illinois corporate lawyer privacy Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Barrington personal injury attorney license reinstatement estate tax revenge porn problem employees dynasty trusts workers comp estate planning lawyer Schaumburg personal injury attorney Kenilworth estate planning lawyer drunk driving Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Crystal Lake employment lawyer workers compensation benefits car collision criminal defense employment law Arlington Heights Attorney DMV natural gas explosion field sobriety test manufacturing Schaumburg personal injury lawyer car accidents Barrington estate planning attorney Chicago biking tips personal injury law firm Inverness injury lawyer Family Medical Leave Act disability benefits Illinois employee rights attorney. owner responsibility Arlington Heights employment law attorneys premises liability insurance claim dispute attorney living wills Barrington medical malpractice lawyers bicycle accidents Attorney Ken Apicella preventable medical errors probate claims holiday statistics Illinois living will health insurance dispute denied insurance claims insurance negligence car crash Arlington Heights injury attorney pedestrian accident Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act mortgage residential real estate insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Barrington estate planning lawyer Self-Directed IRA Accounts Schaumburg criminal attorney drug crimes Barrington real estate lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Illinois DUI attorney back injuries LLCs attorney fees pet bites traffic offenses marijuana Schaumburg car accident attorney Super Mario Illinois traffic ticket lawyer Illinois home inspection Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Palatine construction attorney Home Sale Contingencies insurance claim Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer criminal law trustee liability claims Illinois pedestrian accident attorney power of attorney insurance claims wrongful termination pay when paid contract Inverness civil lawyer commercial leases insurance claim delay overtime violations pizza emoji golf accidents Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Schaumburg injury lawyer murder defense Chicago insurance law firm Palatine insurance lawyer Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois personal injury lawyers irrevocable trust personal injury lawyer caregiver Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney estate plan Schaumburg estate attorney Arlington Heights traffic attorney Arlington Heights trucking lawyer car accident lawyers guardianship attorney dog bites car crashes Barrington boating accident attorney gift taxes eluding a police officer Des Plaines collections attorney bike accident Arlington Heights criminal lawyer IRELA spinal cord injuries texting while driving personal injury claims rest breaks brain injury living trust Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Illinois probate lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Illinois car accident attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Illinois defective products attorney DUI penalities insurance claim denial construction contracts uninsured motorist Illinois insurance claim attorney Rolling Meadows Attorney Affordable Care Act Schaumburg probate attorney Barrington Traffic Lawyer Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney traumatic brain injury Joliet general practice lawyers Illinois pet lawyer Palatine drug lawyer Illinois insurance disputes Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys reckless homicide Colin H. Gilbert Barrington employment attorney mass shooting rollover car crashes Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Barrington personal injury lawyer Palatine real estate lawyer Crystal Lake insurance lawyer medical malpractice claims Palatine elder law attorney Inverness traffic law firm employment lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Buffalo Grove corporate attorney Illinois employment lawyer trusts liens Des Plaines insurance attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney condo association employment contract condo Illinois medical malpractice case real estate Illinois elder law attorney work unions Illinois estate planning attorney Rolling Meadows accident lawyer employee rights Barrington criminal lawyer sole proprietorship trucking accidents involuntary manslaughter real estate attorneys wage theft Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer senior citizens Barrington employment law attorney Long Grove real estate lawyer nursing home negligence Long Grove estate planning Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Chicago trucking accident attorney insurance denial appeals Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Illinois Probate Act of 1975 foreclosed rental property digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers underinsured motorist Illinois estate planning Schaumburg corporate attorney Illinois personal injury Policy Cancellation Arlington Heights accident attorney drunk driving statistics crossover accidents sexual images Crystal Lake will lawyer Detainer Actions head on collisions homestead rights wills and trusts Illinois red light cameras Schaumburg criminal law attorney Des Plaines real estate attorney modern family estate planning fatal car accidents healthcare Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Palatine probate lawyer IRS Illinois boating accident lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act estate planning Illinois Human Rights Act no contest clauses Illinois medical malpractice attorney civil rights violation Landlord Tenant Ordinance underage DUI life insurance claims consent to a search minimum wage bicycle dooring accidents Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Inverness real estate lawyer driving BAIID Palatine employment attorney Palatine employment lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney loss of consortium Barrington attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Palatine trusts lawyer Chicago employment lawyer probate lawyer Jay Andrew healthcare claims Illinois wills and trusts financial advisors Palatine traffic accidents real estate attorney blood alcohol content Buffalo Grove real estate attorney insurance claim denials food poisoning Schaumburg employment attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys trauma after an accident Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Transfer on Death Instrument fault based insurance traffic violations defense DGAA pedestrian accidents Crystal Lake law firm Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Illinois law digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act DNR Do Not Resuscitate PTSD Illinois workplace lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Des Plaines pet law attorney Inverness accident lawyer Illinois injury lawyer Barrington civil litigation attorney BUI DUI employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Crystal Lake pet attorney Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Fourth of July texting and driving jet ski accidents business litigation Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute new real estate form Inverness estate planning lawyer speeding Inverness probate lawyer auto accidents Illinois employment attorneys small business personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys elder law Illinois Sales Representative Act Class A misdemeanor digital evidence Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers independent contractor car accident lawyer Exclusions pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Illinois construction accident attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer workplace sexual harassment distracted driving accidents Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act overtime pay comparative negligence unfunded trust Barrington litigation attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Inverness corporate attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Chicago insurance claim attorneys advance healthcare directive Crystal Lake accident attorney Rolling Meadows business lawyer BAC Des Plaines real estate lawyer employment law, Illinois employment laws Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Chicago car accident lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney Schaumburg Illinois traffic laws life insurance lawyer Rolling Meadows traffic law firm first degree murder Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney estate attorney Illinois traffic attorneys whistleblower protections Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers slip and fall criminal record motorcycle accident lawyer real estate closing Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Schaumburg elder law lawyer Rolling Meadows employment attorney job lawyers Illinois tax attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Barrington injury attorney Illinois small business Chicago estate planning wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace forming a corporation in Illinois drug crime Schaumburg civil litigation attorney fiduciary rule Chicago lawyer swimming pools civil litigation attorney dram shop law Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer unpaid overtime construction accidents Chicago estate planning lawyer license GM ignition switches Arlington Heights real estate lawyer investment property Illinois LLC creation Schaumburg drug defense lawyer traffic violations low-ball insurance settlement compensatory time Schaumburg estate planning attorney Illinois driving without license trust payments motorcycle accident Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Deer Park real estate law firm estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Deer Park employment law attorney traffic crimes Illinois insurance attorney car accident personal injury accidents commercial real estate Illinois bicycle safety Illinois boating under the influence unpaid assessment Inverness real estate attorney Des Plaines DUI attorney probate claims process insurance denials Illinois employment laws real estate contract liability Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Palatine injury attorney living trust vs will Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer defective products lawyer civil litigation contracts digital assets medical marijuana medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers Palatine law firm Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Illinois trucking safety murder charges deadly crashes boating accidents Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers social media after death Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois medical malpractice claim Kenilworth estate planning attorney employees Rolling Meadows insurance attorney changes to mortgage law Illinois insurance lawyer employee misclassification landlord probate process vacation home