File photo A plane flies over a drone during the Polar Bear Plunge on Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York Jan. 1, 2015. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
Flying a drone while drunk does not sound like a good idea, and that is because it is not. The driving of a heavy object with a fast rotating propellers needs to be done with the necessary care and attention to the chance of an accident or an incident takes place, whether it’s a innocent member of the public, the pilot itself, or even the AMERICAN president.
With the remote controlled helicopters are set to be a big hit with consumers this holiday season, there are thousands of new drone take to the skies for the end of the year. In response, New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a law to state that it is a crime to fly a drone under the influence of alcohol or drugs, NorthJersey.com reported.
The bipartisan bill, which has cleared two legislative committees have already still needs a final vote could be signed into law by the end of January 2018, and comes as 38 other U.S. states are considering a similar ban.
The law will mean that flying with a drone drunk could land the pilot with six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both, depending on the nature of the incident.
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One of the account of the sponsors, Democratic Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, said in a statement that drones are becoming increasingly disruptive, causing near-accidents with aircraft, interfere with firefighter operations, and is used to smuggle drugs and other contraband in the prisons.”
Quijano added, “This bill establishes specific guidelines for New Jersey residents can use these devices to establish some order and help prevent these dangerous situations.”
Interfering with the fire department, or the security of prisons, regarded as a more serious offense than drunk droning, could lead to a period of 18 months in jail or a $10,000 fine.
We don’t hear too many stories of drunken drone pilots that their bird for a spin, but you might remember a high-profile incident at the White House in 2015. According to reports, an off-duty and a bit drunk government intelligence agency employee decided that 3 hours would be a good time to fly in a 4-Phantom quadcopter from the balcony of the apartment of a friend. But it is not able to control the machine, it crashed right on the lawn of the White House, causing a security scare in the process.
This season is set to see millions of new quadcopters take to the sky, but hopefully a celebratory drink, if there is one, begins when the drone landed safely back on terra firma.