Boat safety hearing scheduled

Boat safety hearing scheduled

Posted by Mike Riopell on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 11:03

Lawmakers are meeting in the suburbs this month to further talk about boat safety proposals aimed at preventing deaths like that of Libertyville's Tony Borcia last year.

Borcia was killed after the tube he was riding on was hit by a powerboat. His aunt, state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield, shepherded a new law that could take the right to drive a car away from boaters involved in similar tragedies.

Now, a small committee of Lake County lawmakers including Morrison and state Sens. Pamela Althoff, Terry Link, Melinda Bush and Dan Duffy plan to meet Aug. 29 to address other ideas, some of which have been proposed by Morrison already. They'll meet at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester in Libertyville.

The public is welcome, and here's the legislation they'll discuss, per a release from Althoff:

"Senate Bill 1477 would suspend the driver's license for three months of any person who is found to have operated a watercraft under the influence. Senate Bill 1478 would prohibit anyone born on or after January 1, 1990 from operating a watercraft without a valid Boating Safety Certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources. Lastly, Senate Bill 1805 would require operators of a watercraft towing a person or persons to display a red or orange flag on their watercraft."

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