The Mission of the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) is to prevent deaths and injuries caused by chemically impaired or distracted operators of any motor vehicle or watercraft and to assist victims of these crashes in Illinois.

Boating Under the Influence:

While drinking and driving is socially unacceptable on the roadways, the waterways are the last place that some people believe it is SOCIALLY acceptable to drink and drive a watercraft. AAIM, and other organizations throughout the country are working diligently to prevent this dangerous behavior and make the dangers known. You can get a DUI or OUI/BUI (operating/boating under the influence) while boating.

A DUI or OUI on the waterway is the same as a roadway DUI in that anyone who is at a BAC of .08 or higher or under the influence of an illicit drug cannot legally operate a watercraft.


Factors to Consider on the Water:

Alcohol impairs judgement and increases risk taking, a dangerous combination for swimmers. Even experienced swimmers may venture our father than they should and not be able to make it back to shore.

Alcohol increases body temperature, making it difficult to notice how chilled the body has become and risk developing hypothermia.

Surfers could become over-confident and try to ride a wave beyond their abilities when under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Inebriated divers may collide with the diving board, or dive where the water is too shallow.

Make sure that you have clear visibility when operating a watercraft and that no one is near your propeller or engine before you start the boat engine.

Make sure that the operator of a jet ski or personal watercraft is wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device and that personal flotation devices are on hand for all passengers on board.

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 are required to take a boating safety course if they wish to operate a watercraft.

Remembering Tony Borcia
June 2, 2002—July 28, 2012

In 2012, Tony Borcia was ten years old when he went boating with his father and three siblings on the Chain-O-Lakes. Tony was having the time of his life until he fell off his tube. Before his father could pick him up, he was hit by a large boat despite wearing a bright red life jacket and waving his arms. Tony was dismembered in the water. His father and siblings witnessed true horror that day, and are still struggling everyday to deal with the loss. The man who hit, and killed Tony pled guilty to causing the incident and operating his boat under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Tony was the youngest child of four and completed the Borcia family. His smile, with big gaps between his teeth and his sweet dimples, lit up the room. He was an incredible joy in the lives of all that knew him. He was always happy and made others happy just being around him. His mother says she misses the little things about him the most: cuddling in bed every night before bedtime, trying to steal a kiss at the bus stop when he thought he was too big for a kiss from his mom in public, giving him piggyback rides to bed every night singing their bedtime song “Tony Mine”, telling him she loved him and hearing him say “ I love you too, Mommy.”

The Borcia family and friends have formed the Y-noT Project (Tony’s name spelled backwards) as a tribute to him. The Y-noT Project is dedicated to stopping intoxicated boating. Driving a boat is one of the last places where it is still socially acceptable to drink and drive and the Y-noT Project, with help from AAIM seeks to change this culture and make our lakes and rivers safe again.

For more information on the Y-noT Project, visit


“We enact this law in Tony’s memory,”
- Gov. Quinn while announcing the approval of the bill.

Fourth of July & COVID-19 Boating Reminders

Boating during COVID-19 requires 6-feet of social distancing on board and no more than 10 passengers at once according to the City of Chicago.

Don’t forget hand sanitizer, even while boating it is important to keep your hands clean As of June 27, 2020, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has made 17 arrests for OUI this season alone. As the weather warms up and the Fourth of July holiday approaches, remember to always drive sober while on the water.

The only way to make it through this unprecedented pandemic, is to keep working together to follow the rules and stay safe.
AAIM wishes you a safe, healthy, and happy Fourth of July Weekend!


What’s the Law?

In 2013, in Honor of Tony Borcia, Governor Quinn signed a BUI bill that requires:

operators involved in serious or fatal accidents to consent to chemical testing.

Boaters to provide bloo
d, breath or urine samples in order to determine their blood-alcohol content (BAC) level or drug content to better determine whether they were boating while under the influence.

Illinois boaters who refuse to submit to testing, and those whose BAC level exceeds the legal limit of 0.08% or who test positive for drugs in the wake of a serious or fatal accident will have their driver’s license suspended. Not their boating license, but their actual driver’s license.

Have Fun in the Sun,
and Remember the Essentials of Summer

Set rules. Have a discussion with your kids about any expectations or guidelines you have relating to alcohol consumption.

Understand and communicate. Open communication is a two-way street. Give your kids the chance to talk to you and listen to any questions or concerns they may present.

Monitor activities. It’s important to remain attentive for signs that may indicate your child is abusing alcohol. Do not host or allow teens to use alcohol or drugs in your home, it is against the law!

Make sure you stay involved. Show your kids that you’re concerned about their health and safety. In doing so, they’ll be more comfortable coming to you for advice. Encourage involvement of summer activities. Help them make a list of summer programs they want to take part in. Staying busy during the summer months will keep them out of trouble.

Reserve time for family. Cut out time each day for your kids. Do something that interests them or take a trip to enjoy some rest and relaxation together.


Paying The Price

Boating Under the influence (BUI) in Illinois will result is the following:

First Offense (without injury): Class A Misdemeanor, up to $2,600 fine and 364 days in jail

Second Offense (Or first offense with injury): Class 4 Felony, up to 3 years in prison and $25,000 fine

Incident where death occurs: Class 2 Felony, 3-14 years in prison and $25,000 fine

BUI when any passenger on board is under the age of 16: Minimum $500 fine and five days community service benefiting children

These fines are minimal compared to the ultimate cost of your life, or the life of someone else

Social Hosting Awareness For Summer Safety

Summertime events and alcohol go hand in hand in today’s world. Whether it be a beer and brat at a baseball game or barbeque, a margarita with friends after a day at the beach, a glass of wine at lunch, or mixed drinks at a Fourth of July party, alcohol is everywhere and that means the risk of minors accessing alcohol is even greater. While it is okay to serve alcohol at a party or social event, it is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. If you are hosting a party or social gathering, know that you are responsible for your guests, especially minors when it comes to alcohol consumption.
Social Hosting: Illinois state law and ordinance applies to anyone regardless of relationship to the underage person.

This includes parents, guardians and other related or unrelated persons (often parties are thrown by another underage person).

The state law and ordinance provide for enforcement regardless of the place in which the gathering is held.

It includes, residences, private or public property (parks, forest preserves etc.) or in any conveyance. Conveyances include any motor vehicle, trailer, watercraft or container.

Social Hosting Immunity for Action Liquor Control Act 235 ILCS 5/6-16

A person shall not be in violation of this subsection (c) if (A) he or she requests assistance from the police department or other law enforcement agency to either (i) remove any person who refuses to abide by the person's performance of the duties imposed by this subsection (c) or (ii) terminate the activity because the person has been unable to prevent a person under the age of 21 years from consuming alcohol despite having taken all reasonable steps to do so and (B) this assistance is requested before any other person makes a formal complaint to the police department or other law enforcement agency about the activity.

State Law

Class A misdemeanor
Fine of not less than $500
Great bodily harm or death to any person, Class 4 felony

Local Ordinance
Fines up to $750.00 with minimum fines established

Annual Sticker Shock Campaign

To aid in preventing underage drinking and raise awareness of the Social Hosting Law, AAIM is proud to have partnered in the annual Jonathan Petit Sticker Shock Event which was hosted on June 19, 2020. This event was hosted at local Binny’s, and Caputo’s stores throughout DuPage County and other stores throughout Illinois where content was placed on the alcohol and within the stores to raise awareness of the dangers of providing alcohol to a minor. Eleven Illinois coalitions participated in this year’s event, making it the most successful year yet!

Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was run a bit differently. Instead of going into the store, teens called the store managers to speak to them about the importance of the event and the impact of preventing underage drinking. Stores that participated agreed set up a time for an adult volunteer to drop off materials to be posted throughout the store and the managers took pictures to spread the message on social media. COVID-19 has presented new challenges to our work with alcohol sales rising and thus, allowing alcohol to be more widely available to teens in the home. Our goal is to remind adults that preventing underage drinking is everyone’s responsibility.

According to the CDC, alcohol remains the most commonly abused drug among youth and is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths annually among underage youth.

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