New Jersey moves to ban drunken drone flying
In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, a drone is shown at the CES International in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:11PM EST
TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk.
The Democrat-led Senate approved the legislation 39-0 on Thursday.
The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration's regulations.
The New Jersey bill would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly persons offence, which carries a sentence of up to six months in prison, a $1,000 fine or both. It also would make using a drone to hunt wildlife and endanger people or property a similar offence.
The legislation has already cleared a committee in the Democrat-controlled Assembly.