New Conservation Laws for Boaters in Lake County

The Northern Illinois Boat Show opened their doors from Thursday-Sunday last week at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, and there were an abundance of gorgeous vessels. Attendees met with many different Lake County exhibitors like Munson Marine, Fox Lake Harbor, Skipper Bud’s, Great Lakes Yacht Sales and Chain-O-Lakes Charters, just to name a few.

We also learned a few things at the Boat Show about new laws in Lake County. There were two new conservation laws for this year’s season of boating released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The SB 3434 Watercraft Seizure  Law allows for the seizure of boats in commission of certain offenses related to a DUI. The Boat Registration and Safety Act suggests that with this type of this occurrence,  there will be a suspension or revocation of the boat operator’s license  if it is found that alcohol and/or drugs are detrimental and/or cause bodily harm, disfigurement or death to another individual.

The watercraft seizure law also includes obtaining 10 cartons or more of cigarettes and/or  firearms onboard.

Another Boating Lake County law is the SB 3433 Boating Education. This law, which becomes activated in January 2016, requires any individual born after January 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety class. The valid boating safety certificate that will be issued by the Department of Natural Resources must be a recognized and approved by the DNR.

This extends to anyone who is operating a motor boat that obtains speeds above 10 horse power. Failure of the individual not meeting this certification will receive a petty offense.

While it isn’t quite time for boating season in Lake County, go and take advantage of the extra time to receive your boating education. Be safe on the waters of Lake County and be responsible. No one wants to get in trouble with Johnny Law for certain offenses like disobeying the New Conservation Laws in 2015.

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