Several new laws are going into effect with the hopes of increasing boating safety in West Central Illinois.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Governor Pat Quinn signed three bills on Saturday which increase the powers of law enforcement and put new restrictions and requirements on boaters.
Under one bill, a persons’ watercraft can be seized after multiple DUI offenses.
In a second bill, all people born after January 1998 will be forced to take a boater safety course and hold a boater safety certificate before they can operate a boat with an engine over 10 horsepower.
The final bill requires that any water craft that is towing a person must display a bright orange flag no less than 12 inches per side.
So far in 2014 there have been 16 boating fatalities reported on Illinois waterways.