Japan Outlaws Flying Drones While Drunk

Operating a drone in Japan while drunk could lead to a year in prison thanks to new legislation. From a report: The law, passed by the country’s parliament this week, seeks to rein in growing use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Those found to be intoxicated while flying a drone could also face a fine of up to 300,000 yen ($2,765). The law covers drones weighing more than 200g (7oz) and also puts limits on where drones can be flown. “We believe operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as (drink) driving,” a Japanese transport ministry official told the AFP news agency. As well as fines over drunken use, the legislation also levies fines on pilots who perform dangerous stunts with their drone. Those caught quickly plunging the craft towards crowds could face fines of up to 500,000 yen.

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