As of Monday, there is a new kind of "DUI" in New Jersey: Droning Under the Influence.
On his final day of being New Jersey's (incredibly unpopular
) governor, Chris Christie
signed a law making it illegal to fly an unmanned drone aircraft drunk or under the influence of drugs.
The law prohibits flying a drone with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, the same as for driving a vehicle, or while drugged. Violators face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.
The measure, which passed the Democratic-controlled state legislature earlier this month, also bars flying a drone near a prison or in pursuit of wildlife.
The drone measure was among 109 bills that Christie signed into law on his last full day in office, spokesman Brian Murray said by email. Christie’s successor, Democrat Phil Murphy, is to be sworn in on Tuesday.
photo by Andrew Turner
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