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Flying drones while inebriated now illegal in New Jersey

Violators could be sentenced to six months in jail.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | January 26, 2018
Flying drones while inebriated now illegal in New Jersey
Flying drones while inebriated now illegal in New Jersey

Flying a drone after having too many drinks is now illegal in New Jersey.

Governor Chris Christie signed a law this month that prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, the same level as for driving a vehicle. Operating a drone while under the influence of drugs has also been banned.

Anybody caught violating the law faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. The new law also bans flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife.

At least 38 states are considering restrictions on drone flying this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a report by Reuterssays. The Consumer Technology Association estimates that 3.1 million drones were sold in the U.S. last year, up 28% from 2016.

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