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(625 ILCS 45/4-1)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 314-1)
Personal flotation devices.
A. No person may operate a watercraft
unless at least one wearable U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for each person 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 wearable U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device. 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.
E. When assisting a person on water skis, aquaplane or similar
device, there must be one wearable U.S. 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
4. in the case of a wearable PFD, readily accessible
5. in the case of a throwable PFD, immediately
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-5. An approved and appropriately sized wearable U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device shall be worn by each person under the age of 13 while in tow.
I. No person may operate any watercraft unless an approved and appropriately sized wearable U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device is being properly worn by each person
the age of 13 on the deck of a watercraft or in an open watercraft at all times in which the watercraft is
underway; however, this requirement shall not apply to persons who are enclosed in a cabin or below the top deck on a watercraft, on an anchored watercraft that is a platform for swimming or diving, or aboard a charter "passenger for hire" watercraft with a licensed captain.
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. 102-595, eff. 6-1-22