NJ Considers No Drinking and Droning Law
Friends don't let friends drone drunk. That slogan could soon be a real thing in New Jersey.
With more and more drones filling the skies as the unmanned aircraft industry becomes a billion dollar industry, the New Jersey Legislature is considering steps to criminalize some of the more troublesome uses of the gadgets.
Operating a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be a disorderly persons offense under a bipartisan bill that advanced from an Assembly committee Monday, as would using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property.
The legislation is up for a vote in the NJ Senate Thursday. Should the measure be signed into law, it would be New Jersey's first state-wide law regulating drones, according to a statement from Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, a bill sponsor.
“Drones have become increasingly disruptive, causing near-misses with airplanes, interfering with firefighter operations and being used to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons,” another of the bill's sponsors, Democratic Assemblywoman Annette Quijano of Union County, said in a statement.
The drone bill would also make it a fourth-degree crime for drone operators to interfere with first responders or endanger the security of a correctional facility, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Source: CBS News