Saturday, January 01, 2005

Boating law highlights newest Illinois edicts

By JESSICA PERSONETTE

jpersonette@nwherald.com


Increased penalties for people who flee the scene of a boating accident and more rights for grandparent visitation are two of 129 new state laws that take effect today.

A boat-safety law, written by Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, and outgoing Rep. Rosemary Kurtz, R-Crystal Lake, makes it a felony to leave the scene of a boating accident, punishable by one to three years in prison. If a death is involved, the felony penalty increases to three to seven years in prison.

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