If you were lucky enough to receive a drone for the holidays, you probably unboxed and fired it up mid-party, after an alcoholic beverage or two. Do that in the future and you might be breaking the law, in New Jersey, at least.
According to Reuters, the state could soon ban drinking and droning. The state Senate has already approved a bill that would make it illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft under the influence of alcohol, and now the measure is headed to the New Jersey Assembly for a vote on Monday. The bill would also make it illegal to fly drones over prisons, a ban nine other states already have in place, or while trailing wildlife.
If the Assembly gives it a thumbs up, Governor Chris Christie would have to sign it into law before leaving office later this month.
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Besides New Jersey, 37 other states are considering drone restrictions this year, including Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, Reuters notes. It's already illegal to operate drones over prisons in Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration states that drone operators should "never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol," near airports or other aircraft, over groups of people, public events or stadiums, near emergencies like fires or during hurricane recovery efforts. If you own a drone, or are planning to buy one, it would definitely behoove you to familiarize yourself on the rules for flying outdoors.
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