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The New Jersey state legislature is considering making it illegal to operate a drone while under the influence, NorthJersey.com reported Monday.
Lawmakers are considering the measure as the use of drones for personal and commercial purposes grows in popularity. A bipartisan bill criminalizing certain uses of a drone passed out of an Assembly committee on Monday.
If the measure passes, operating a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property, would be considered a disorderly persons offense, according to the news outlet.
Using a drone to interfere with first responders or endanger the security of a correctional facility would also be punishable with jail time and a fine if the bill passes.If Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs the bill before leaving office on Jan. 16, it would be the state’s first law regulating drone use in New Jersey, NorthJersey.com reported.
Christie has previously declined to sign legislation that would have required law enforcement agencies in the state obtain a warrant before using a drone in an investigation, the news outlet reported.
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