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Bill calls for stiffer penalties for boating DUI

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 11:30 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose stiffer penalties on people caught operating a boat while intoxicated.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1gUzd0C ) that under the measure, anyone convicted of operating a watercraft while under the influence would have their driver's license suspended for three months.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Springfield, though no vote will be taken.

State Sen. Julie Morrison, a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, is the bill's sponsor. Morrison's nephew, 10-year-old Anthony Borcia of Libertyville, died in 2012 after he fell off a tube on Petite Lake in Lake County and was struck by a boat.

The man operating the boat pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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