NJ to Pass Legislation Against Drinking and Droning

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That's right, Senators in the state of New Jersey are set to pass legislation that restricts the use of drones when the controller is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Possible sentences that amateur drone enthusiasts could face for operating unmanned drones while intoxicated are six months in prison or a $1,000 fine.

Barbara Goldberg from Reuters writes:

"New Jersey's Assembly is slated to vote on a bill approved by the state 
Senate to ban inebriated or drugged droning, as well as to outlaw flying 
unmanned aircraft systems over prisons and in pursuit of wildlife. The vote 
was set for Thursday but postponed until Monday because of a severe 
snowstorm that triggered a state of emergency in New Jersey.

"It's basically like flying a blender," said John Sullivan, 41, of New York, a 
drone buff and aerial cinematographer. He said he opposed drunk droning 
but also fretted about regulatory overreach. "If I had like one drink, I'd be 
hesitant to even fly it."

A 2015 drone crash on the White House lawn fueled debate in the U.S. 
Congress over the need for drone regulations."

If you play devil's advocate and with the recent news about a man flying a drone into an Army Helicopter it seems like this is only the tip of the iceberg. Technology is going to advance, drones are going to get larger and have more range and if they're not regulated are going to cause a lot of problems. 

Last year U.S. drone sales topped $1 billion for the first time ever, that's a lot potential flying objects in the air.  A drone, despite being a spectacularly useful device, could really hurt someone or cause major damage if they're being used irresponsibly.

It won't be long before other states follow suit, so, please always remember to fly with caution.