The laws against drunk driving are deservedly strict, and in the day and age of Uber, you should always have a designated driver or call for ride sharing if you’re in no shape to get behind the wheel. Now there are rules for flight drones sober, even though there are not too many people that have them.
The Fix now reports that in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that makes it illegal to fly drones if your blood alcohol level is over .08%, which is the legal drinking limit to operate a vehicle in Jersey, and clearly drones are considered vehicles, even if you’re not riding in one.
And it’s not just drunk droning. This report states you can get in trouble for lying drones if you are under the influence of “a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug.” In other words, the same things that would impair you driving a car will be held against you if you get inebriated and try and fly a drone.
If you get caught for flying a drone while intoxicated, you can be fined up to $1,000 and can be potentially sentenced to six months in jail. This is one of the last bills that Christie signed while in office, and he’s been an outspoken advocate in the fight against addiction. This could also be a way to crack down on people who are increasingly using drones to deliver drugs. This report also states that pot dispensaries can no longer make deliveries by drones in California as well.