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People Swimming in the Swim Area

Illinois law states that these dangerous operating practices are illegal.

Careless Operation of a vessel is operating in a careless manner that causes danger to any person or property or operating at speeds greater than that which allow the operator to bring the vessel to a stop within an assured clear distance ahead.

Reckless Operation of a vessel or the reckless manipulation of water skis, a surfboard, or similar device is operating in a manner that causes danger to the life, limb, or property of any person. Examples of reckless operation are:

  • Weaving your vessel through congested waterway traffic
  • Jumping a wake of another vessel when you are unreasonably close to the other vessel or when visibility around the other vessel is obstructed
  • Waiting until the last possible moment to swerve and avoid collision
  • Operating a vessel in a manner that creates hazardous wave or wake conditions while approaching or passing another boat

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