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Hefty Fine for Drunk Drone Flying

Hefty Fine for Drunk Drone Flying

Don’t drink and drone. That’s the message from the state of New Jersey, which passed a law on Monday that makes it illegal to operate an unmanned drone vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. The limit is set to the same level as driving a vehicle, bringing drone operation in line with the rules of the road.  Reuters reported that the law, signed by Republican governor Chris Christie on his last day in office, comes with a serious penalty for offenders. Those found violating the new rule can face a $1,000 fine, six months in prison, or even both.

It’s part of a wider legislative crackdown against the flying machines, which are a popular way of capturing aerial footage for budding filmmakers. Hobby drones are also extremely popular in the U.S., with over 650,000 non-commercial drones having been registered with the Federal Aviation Administration by 2017. That’s potentially a lot of small flying machines cruising above our heads.  As long as you’re not drunkenly whizzing your new drone around Jersey City to impress your friends, you should be fine.

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