N.Y. Moves To Make Drunk Piloting a Crime

 - October 9, 2006, 7:21 AM

New York’s state Senate passed a bill making it a crime to fly an aircraft with a blood alcohol content of .04 or above, similar to laws covering drunk driving. State law prohibits drunk piloting, but there are no penalties. The bill now goes to the state assembly for consideration. If passed and signed by the governor, the first violation would be punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of between $1,000 and $2,500. Repeat offenders would face higher fines and longer jail time. As many as 23 states have laws in which drunk piloting is considered a crime.