(CBS) — The state of Illinois hopes to crackdown on the unsafe operation of boats, thanks to legislation signed into law Saturday.
One bill will allow seizure of boats from intoxicated boaters in certain circumstances, bringing boating laws in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while drunk or otherwise impaired.
A second measure will require those born since 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course, the boating equivalent of driver’s education. A certificate will be required in order to pilot motorboats that have engines generating more than 10 horsepower. Those using an electric motor, operating a motorboat on private property or someone with an out-of-state boating license equivalent would be exempted.