(625 ILCS 45/5-21)
No person operating a motorboat shall
allow a person in the motorboat to ride or sit on the gunwales, tops of seat
backs, or on the decking over the bow or stern of the motorboat while the
motorboat is underway, unless the person is inboard of guards or rails provided
on the motorboat to prevent passengers from being lost overboard.
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit entry upon the decking
over the bow or stern of the motorboat for the purpose of anchoring, mooring,
or casting off or some other necessary purpose nor to prohibit customary
while lawfully engaged in commercial fishing under the provisions of the Fish
and Aquatic Life Code or hunting and trapping under the provisions of the
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the driver of the boat,
a person while fishing or to a person on private property.
(Source: P.A. 90-412, eff. 1-1-98.)