State legislators will soon vote on a bill that will extend existing DUI laws to drone operators.
New Jersey has joined a growing list of states pushing for new laws that prohibit drunken piloting of drones.
The bill would allow police to levy a disorderly persons offense for operating an unmanned aerial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to CBS. The charge can result in a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to six months in prison.
The proposed legislation also outlines similar restrictions on using drones to hunt wildlife or endanger people, property, correctional facilities or first responders.
The laws essentially mirror existing federal regulations, which already include provisions for flying drones while drunk, however some states are apparently expecting the Federal Aviation Administration to have limited interest in enforcing such restrictions.
New Jersey is said to be among more than three dozen states pushing for similar laws.