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625 ILCS 45/4-1

    (625 ILCS 45/4-1) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 314-1)
    Sec. 4-1. Personal flotation devices.
    A. No person may operate a watercraft unless at least one U.S. Coast Guard approved PFD is on board, so placed as to be readily available for each person.
    B. No person may operate a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft unless each person aboard is wearing a PFD approved by the United States Coast Guard. No person on board a personal watercraft shall use an inflatable PFD in order to meet the PFD requirements of subsection A of this Section.
    C. No person may operate a watercraft 16 feet or more in length, except a canoe or kayak, unless at least one readily accessible United States Coast Guard approved throwable PFD is on board.
    D. (Blank).
    E. When assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar device, there must be one wearable United States Coast Guard approved PFD on board the watercraft for each person being assisted or towed or worn by the person being assisted or towed.
    F. No person may operate a watercraft unless each device required by this Section is:
        1. in serviceable condition;
        2. identified by a label bearing a description and
    
approval number demonstrating that the device has been approved by the United States Coast Guard;
        3. of the appropriate size for the person for whom it
    
is intended;
        4. in the case of a wearable PFD, readily accessible
    
aboard the watercraft;
        5. in the case of a throwable PFD, immediately
    
available for use;
        6. out of its original packaging; and
        7. not stowed under lock and key.
    G. Approved personal flotation devices are defined as a device that is approved by the United States Coast Guard under Title 46 CFR Part 160.
    H. (Blank).
    I. No person may operate a watercraft under 26 feet in length unless an approved and appropriate sized United States Coast Guard personal flotation device is being properly worn by each person under the age of 13 on board the watercraft at all times in which the watercraft is underway; however, this requirement shall not apply to persons who are below decks or in totally enclosed cabin spaces. The provisions of this subsection I shall not apply to a person operating a watercraft on an individual's private property.
    J. Racing shells, rowing sculls, racing canoes, and racing kayaks are exempt from the PFD, of any type, carriage requirements under this Section provided that the racing shell, racing scull, racing canoe, or racing kayak is participating in an event sanctioned by the Department as a PFD optional event. The Department may adopt rules to implement this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 100-469, eff. 6-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)