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625 ILCS 45/5-22
(625 ILCS 45/5-22)
Operation of watercraft upon the approach of an authorized emergency watercraft.
(a) As used in this Section, "authorized emergency watercraft" includes any watercraft operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police, the Illinois State Police, a county sheriff, a local law enforcement agency, a fire department, a provider of emergency medical services, or the United States Coast Guard, equipped with alternately flashing red, blue, red and white, red and blue, or red in combination with white or blue lights, while engaged in official duties. Any authorized emergency watercraft must be clearly emblazoned with markings identifying it as a watercraft operated by the qualifying agency.
(b) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency watercraft making use of rotating or flashing visual signals and lawfully making use of a visual signal, the operator of every other watercraft
shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately reduce the speed of the watercraft, so as not to create a wake, and shall yield way to the emergency watercraft, moving to the right to permit the safe passage of the emergency watercraft, and shall stop and remain in that position until the authorized emergency watercraft has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
(c) Upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency watercraft, when the
authorized emergency watercraft is giving a signal by displaying rotating or alternately
red, blue, red and white, red and blue, or red in combination with white or blue lights, a
person operating an approaching watercraft shall proceed with due caution at no-wake speed and yield the right-of-way by moving safely away from that authorized emergency watercraft, proceeding with due caution at a no-wake speed with due regard to safety and water conditions, maintaining no-wake speed until sufficiently away from the emergency watercraft so as not to create a wake that would otherwise rock or otherwise disturb the authorized emergency watercraft.
(d) This Section shall not operate to relieve the operator of an
authorized emergency watercraft from the duty to operate that watercraft with due regard for the
safety of all persons using the waterway.
(e) A person who violates this Section commits a business
offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $10,000. It is a factor in
aggravation if the person committed the offense while in violation of Section
5-16 of this Act.
(f) If a violation of this Section results in damage to
property of another person, in addition to any other penalty imposed,
the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for a fixed
period of not less than 90 days and not more than one year.
(g) If a violation of this Section results in injury to
person, in addition to any other penalty imposed,
the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for a fixed period of not
days and not more than 2 years.
(h) If a violation of subsection (c) of this Section results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to, or the death of,
another person, in addition to any other penalty imposed,
the person's watercraft operating privileges shall be suspended for 2 years.
(i) The Department of Natural Resources shall, upon receiving a record of a judgment
entered against a person under this Section:
(1) suspend the person's watercraft operating
privileges for the mandatory period; or
(2) extend the period of an existing suspension by
the appropriate mandatory period.
(Source: P.A. 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)