Illinois outdoors: Beware, drunk boating & drunk driving

SHARE Illinois outdoors: Beware, drunk boating & drunk driving

The IDNR will have stepped up enforcement for the holiday weekend, especially for impaired boating and for impaired driving at state sites.

Here’s the word:

IDNR Conservation Police remind public that drunk boating is drunk driving More than 130 OUI arrests made statewide this year SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Conservation Police want to remind the public to play it safe this Labor Day weekend. Conservation Police officers (CPOs) will be stepping up enforcements across the state looking for individuals operating under the influence (OUI) in an effort to keep the public safe on Illinois waters. Alcohol and operating a boat never mix, but that is especially true during holiday weekends when there are traditionally more people on the water, said IDNR Conservation Police Deputy Chief Joe Morelock. It’s important to remember to celebrate responsibly. Wear a life jacket and always have a designated skipper onboard if you are going to be consuming alcohol. Following these two basic rules will help save lives. In 2012, Illinois Conservation Police and other agencies made 209 reported OUI arrests on Illinois waters. OUI is a Class ‘A’ Misdemeanor for a first time offense and is punishable by up to one year in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine. CPOs will also be conducting standard vessel inspections to ensure that all safety rules are being followed. Illinois law requires that personal floatation devices (PFDs) – life jackets or life vests – be available for each person onboard. State law also requires that anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26 feet in length at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or operating on private property. Individuals are also required to wear a PFD while operating a personal watercraft or jet ski. CPOs will also be on the lookout for drunk drivers in and around lakes, rivers and state parks.

The Latest
The 30-year-old man, and the woman, 31, were in a car about 2:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of North Cicero Avenue when someone in another car fired shots.
Firefighters responded to the fire, which broke out in an apartment on the top floor of a building in the 2400 block of East 78th Street around 2:30 a.m.
According to Chicago police, the building in the 3100 block of South Green Street caught fire when someone threw an incendiary device through the window around 2:20 a.m.
In celebration of the holiday, the Juneteenth Jumpoff, an annual cabaret-burlesque show, takes the stage on two nights — Tuesday and Wednesday — at the Baton Show Lounge and the Den Theatre, and allows Black performers to express themselves for “Jubilee Day.”