Like Tree0Likes

Illinois Set to Vote on Mandatory Life Jacket Wear 24/7 for Solo Boaters

Reply
Old 04-25-2010, 02:13 PM
  #1
VIP Member
VIP Member
Thread Starter
Trade Score: (1)
 
Marginmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Indianapolis, Lake Cumberland
My Boats: 38 Donzi ZRC, 29 Advantage XFlight
Posts: 3,472
Default Illinois Set to Vote on Mandatory Life Jacket Wear 24/7 for Solo Boaters

April 23, 2010
NEWS from BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatUS Press Room at http://www.BoatUS.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, [email protected]

With Little Public Knowledge or Input, Illinois Set to Vote on
Mandatory Life Jacket Wear 24/7 for Solo Boaters
BoatUS Urges Boaters to Speak Out Now


Springfield, Ill., April 23, 2010 – In a sweeping bill that could affect 96% of the state’s registered boats, the Illinois General Assembly is set to pass a new mandatory life jacket law as early as next week that would require solo boaters to wear a life jacket year-round. BoatUS is urging Prairie State boaters to contact their state representative immediately to let them know how they feel about Senate Bill 3060, which would amend the state’s Boat Registration and Safety Act to include this new provision targeting boaters who are the “sole occupant” of a vessel less than 26 feet.
The nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, supports the voluntary wear of life jackets for adults, and the development of a wider range of life jacket choices for the boater. As recent survey of its over half-million members indicates that boaters have significant concerns about more government laws dictating when and where they must use life jackets.


In 2008, an estimated 79 million people went boating in the US and according to US Coast Guard statistics there were a total of 709 boating fatalities. Less than 25% were on boats with one occupant. (Illinois had a total of 19 boating fatalities in 2008 and 378,000 registered boats.) “Based on our survey results, we feel Senate Bill 3060 is an over-reaching intrusion into a boater’s personal choice. Our members have told us they want to be treated as adults capable of making the right choices, without the government making decisions for them,” said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich.

“Senate Bill 3060, which could impact a lot of Illinois residents, has been progressing in the Assembly without getting the attention of boaters. Since it’s passed the Senate and is now headed to a full House vote, we urge the state’s boaters to quickly contact their representatives to let them know how they feel about Senate Bill 3060,” added Podlich.

To help boaters speak out, they can go to http://tinyurl.com/3a7awnb (you may have to scroll down) to get their representative’s email and phone contact information.

Included in the bill are exemptions for those on a “sailboard” or the “sole occupant” aboard vessels under 26 feet that are using an engine “intermittently” while fishing, which BoatUS believes could lead to enforcement challenges. For the bill’s exact language, go to: http://www.BoatUS.com/gov .
__________________
The Beak be gone
Marginmn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 03:44 PM
  #2
Registered
 
Back4More's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Lake Michigan
My Boats: 353 Fastech
Posts: 6,624
Default

Unfortunately there are some that don't know when its a good idea to have a vest on....and that will ruin it for the rest of us in IL.
Back4More is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 05:35 PM
  #3
Gold Member
Gold Member
 
AppSysCons's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
My Boats: CURR: 230LX, PREV:2007 30 Skater, 2003 36 Skater,1998 37 OuterLimits, B-Class race 28 Magnum
Posts: 2,116
Default

The way I see it, people voted for change, and that is EXACTLY what they are getting!
AppSysCons is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 08:51 PM
  #4
Registered
 
baja bailey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Henderson KY
My Boats: Baja H2X
Posts: 946
Default

baja bailey is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 10:51 PM
  #5
Registered
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: LITCHFIELD,IL.
My Boats: SPORTCAT
Posts: 470
Default

If They Are With Gov They Must Know Better Than Us Mere Peasants
schnydo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2010, 11:55 PM
  #6
Registered
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 131
Default

The government(state and federal) have people working around the clock thinking of new ways to generate revenue! This proposed bill is for financial gain, nothing more.
Snoworks is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 12:25 PM
  #7
Registered
 
Back4More's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Lake Michigan
My Boats: 353 Fastech
Posts: 6,624
Default

Its only a matter of time before they pass a law stating you must wear SPF30 on sunny days.
Back4More is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 01:25 PM
  #8
Gold Member
Gold Member
 
omerta one's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: LOTO
My Boats: 2009 Lip-Ship Gladiator; 1995 Cig 20
Posts: 2,865
Default

Too bad they can't force some people to use condoms...
omerta one is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 02:33 PM
  #9
Were doomed!
Charter Member
Trade Score: (1)
 
Wally's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Chicago, IL
My Boats: Chris Craft Stinger 222
Posts: 5,529
Default

So if your solo you must wear a PFD....but if you are with others you dont? WTF???
I could understand it if it were mandatory for all onboard to wear one while under power and on plane....if idling along no biggie...
__________________
-Wally

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy horsepower. And I've never seen a sad person hauling a$$!
Wally is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2010, 04:48 PM
  #10
Registered
 
Frequency's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Peoria, IL & FMB, FL
My Boats: '91 Carbon 70 Cafe, 3370 Pursuit
Posts: 1,008
Default

A large percentage of the deaths, according to the USCG report, occur at anchor, while fishing. This is of course when inebriated fishermen must answer the call of nature. But the Illinois bill DOES NOT REQUIRE you to wear a life vest in this situation.

My state representative replied to my email within a hour indicating he would not support this bill.
Frequency is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:10 PM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.