Bill calls for stiffer penalties for boating DUI

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose stiffer penalties on people caught operating a boat while intoxicated.
   
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports 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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