A new law will bring drunken boating closer to drunken driving in the eyes of the law, possibly even resulting in the offender losing his or her driver’s license.
Tony Borcia, a 10-year-old from Libertyville, was killed while tubing on the Chain-O-Lakes last year. A speeding boater who had been drinking and using cocaine was to blame.
Borcia’s aunt is the sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield). She says now when there’s a major collision, the boater will have to submit to a blood-alcohol test.
Borcia was one of 17 people killed in boating-related accidents in Illinois in 2012.