Flying drones is a ton of fun. You can get some friends together and really have a ball by flying the unmanned aircraft around and seeing incredible landscapes and cityscapes. But if you’re in Chris Christie’s part of town, you better watch how much you’re drinking because New Jersey has banned flying an unmanned drone while drunk.
Governor Chris Christie signed a new law on Monday that prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are caught, you could face a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail.
Drones have already caused lawmakers to change various laws. Drones are already not allowed to fly near prisons or to pursue wildlife, and this drunk drone driving law is just the next step. 38 other states are already considering laws restricting drone use for civilians.
According to recent studies, approximately 3.1 million drones were sold to Americans in the last year, up 28% from the year before. That’s a hell of a lot of drones to be sold in one year alone, and that doesn’t factor in exactly how many drones were purchased before last year.
So what do you think? Is this a good law to be passed? Or is this just another instance of the government meddling in our business unnecessarily?