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Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and Responsibilities Illinois Department of Natural Resources

It's the Law: On the Water

Alcohol and Drugs (625 ILCS 45/5-16)

Illinois law prohibits anyone from operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

By operating a vessel on Illinois waters, you have given “implied” consent to alcohol and/or drug testing if arrested for operating under the influence.

Illinois law states that a person is considered to be operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs if:

  • The alcohol concentration in his or her blood or breath is 0.08% or more or…
  • The person is under the influence of alcohol or…
  • The person is under the influence of any other drug or combination of drugs and/or alcohol to a degree that renders him or her incapable of operating the vessel safely or…
  • The person has any amount of a drug, substance, or compound in his or her blood or urine resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis, a controlled substance, or an intoxicating compound.

Don't drink and boat!

Just remember this simple rule: Don’t drink and boat!

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