New law cracks down on drinking and boating

By WEEK Producer

July 22, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law cracking down on boaters who operate their craft while under the influence.

It ensures anyone operating a boat involved in an accident resulting in serious injury or death must consent to blood alcohol testing.

Those who refuse, test positive for drugs, or exceed the legal blood alcohol limit face suspension of their driver's license.

Alcohol use was a contributing factor in 13 of 101 boating relating incidents last year and five of the fatalities.

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