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CHICAGO (KTVI) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation along Chicago’s lakefront Saturday, aimed at improving safety on water-ways.

The law comes after 10-year-old Tony Borcia, of Libertyville, Ill. was killed on the Chain o' Lakes in 2012.

Tony fell off an inner tube being towed by his father, Jim Borcia, before another boat ran over the boy. That driver pleaded guilty to operating his boat under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

“Unfortunately, what that man did that day is all too frequently done by others,” Jim Borcia said at a press conference where Quinn signed the bill into law. “Many in our society think that drinking alcohol and doing drugs while driving a boat is acceptable, but consider such behavior while driving a car to be outrageous.”

Three new boating laws go into effect January 1, 2015.

  1. Anyone pulling a skier or tuber must display a bright orange flag.
  2. Boaters born after 1998 must pass a boating safety course.
  3. Authorities can seize watercraft if the operator has been convicted multiple times in the past of driving under in the influence.

You can read the text of the new law at www.ILGA.gov.