New Jersey may criminalize flying your drone while drunk

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New Jersey lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk.

The legislation cleared an Assembly committee on Monday and is up for a vote in the full Senate on Thursday. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

The National Conference on State Legislatures says at least 38 states are considering drone legislation this year, going beyond the Federal Aviation Administration’s regulations.

The bill specifically 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.

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