The US state of New Jersey has officially made it illegal to operate a drone while drunk.

The Democratic state Senate voted 39-0 earlier this month to criminalise flying a drone while intoxicated. If found guilty, drone pilots face up to six months in jail and/or a $1000 fine (£747).

"A person commits a disorderly persons offence if he operates an unmanned aircraft system while under the influence of intoxication liquor, a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug or with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more by weight of alcohol in the defendant's blood," the bill outlines according to courthousenews.com

Last month, the UK proposed legislation that would have drone pilots sit a mandatory safety awareness test before legally flying. The test would be required for any drone heavier than 250 grams. It will be discussed in Spring 2018.

Drones have become one of the hottest items of 2017 and many shoppers are hoping to secure one as a Christmas present. Earlier this month, the UK Civil Aviation Authority warned that buyers need to be aware of strict flying rules.

According to the CAA, drones cannot come within 150 ft of people or buildings and must remain below 400 ft in height. Assistant director of communications at CAA, Jonathan Nicholson, warned drones come with "a great amount of responsibility".

"Retailers are claiming that drones are going to be hugely popular this year but households are not aware of the rules and could be putting themselves and other people at risk," Nicholson said according to the Telegraph.