On his last day in office, now former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation making it illegal to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while under the influence of alcohol or hallucinogens in the state. The law also prohibits the use of UAVs around prisons, first responders or to follow wildlife. Punishment for violating the law includes a $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
New Jersey is the first state to officially pass such legislation, but many other states are considering similar regulations. As commercial drone sales continue to climb rapidly — it is estimated that as many as 3.7 million drone units will be sold in 2018 — more and more states are considering and enacting legislation to regulate their use.