Top Stories of the Decade: 2012 — Boating Death on Chain O’Lakes Had Lasting Effect On Boating Safety
Dec. 16, 2019: One of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Stories of the Decade: A look at how the Y-noT Project has affected boating safety on the Chain. This is made possible by your continuing support! There is no better way to honor Tony’s memory.
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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Sgt. Rich Riedel, left, and Officer Chris Winters, who is piloting the patrol boat, cruise along Grass Lake in 2015 in a boat donated in memory of Tony Borcia killed in 2012 by a impaired boater. (Chuck Berman / Lake County News-Sun)
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As a result of the Y-noT Project’s advocacy and in honor of Tony, several new laws went into effect beginning in 2014 in Illinois designed to improve boating safety and enhance enforcement of existing laws:
- Boaters must fly orange flags to warn other boaters that they are towing skiers or tubers
- Law enforcement may seize the boat under certain egregious circumstances, including a third OUI conviction or if the boater, under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, was involved in an accident causing death or serious injury
- Boaters born on or after January 1, 1991 must obtain Boating Safety Certificates before operating a boat with more than 10 hp, and boat renters who do not have such a certificate must complete a boating safety course
- Boaters involved in accidents resulting in death or serious injury must submit to alcohol and drug testing
This legislation was sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison.