NJ to ban drunken droning
New Jersey lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk.
The Democratic-led Senate approved the legislation 39-0.
The vote comes as at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, with many going beyond existing Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
The New Jersey bill would make operating a drone under the influence of alcohol a disorderly persons offense, 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 offense.
The legislation has already cleared a committee in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.