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New Laws for Illinois Boaters

Question: What new Illinois laws are in place to help keep boaters safe? Answer: One new law requires boaters to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat’s helm when towing a person such as a water skier. Another new law allows authorities to seize and impound watercraft used repeatedly by a boater who’s been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And, starting in 2016, boating safety courses will be mandatory for younger motorboat operators. A valid boating safety certificate will be required for those born after January 1, 1998, before they can operate a motorboat with a 10 horsepower or above engine. Thanks to the Illinois State Bar Association for its newsletter information provided here.   For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to