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New Con­ser­va­tion Laws for Boaters in Lake County

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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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