Drunk droning arrest first of its kind in Aichi Prefecture

By SoraNews24

With the wide range of models and increasingly affordable pricing, drone flying has become an extremely fun hobby for many. However, with great fun comes great responsibility, and to prove it we have the arrest of a 56-year-old man who became the first in his prefecture to get busted for violating the newly enacted law against flying a drone while intoxicated.

The incident occurred on June 12 in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, when the suspect consumed eight cans of beer between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon. Interestingly enough, all that morning drinking motivated the suspect to start cleaning his room.

While tidying, he happened upon a drone which he had bought a few years ago and took it out of the box to see if it still worked. Upon learning that it did, the drunken suspect abandoned his cleaning ambitions to take it for a spin.

However, while in flight, the drone weighing about 540 grams collided with the window of a nearby residence. The neighbor called the police to report the crash and the ensuing investigation led them back to the suspect who admitted to the charges of drinking and droning.

He may have been surprised to learn that such a crime even existed, as a law regarding it had only been passed earlier this year when Japan revised its Civil Aeronautics Act to include various provision for drones. As a result, piloting a drone under the influence became officially prohibited and his was the first arrest of its kind in Aichi.

▼ News report on the arrest

It certainly surprised many readers of the news who had never heard of such a crime before, but could easily understand why it came to be.

“There’s also drunk driving for drones?”

“There’s no drunk flying for drones. I didn’t know that, but they can certainly do harm when they crash.”

“That’s silly. Drones can’t drink.”

“I’ve never piloted drunk before.”

“Just like with a car, nothing good can come of piloting a drone while drunk.”

“It certainly a law we need.”

“Drinking before noon, cleaning, playing with a drone, I can really sympathize with his situation though.”

“At least he just hit a window and not someone’s head.”

“I think you could get away with it in a place like America because it has more space, but it’s probably windier and harder to control too.”

It’s another example of how the law must adapt to keep up with changes in society and technology. However, we too as members of society have to adjust our behavior to adapt with these changes as well.

So the next time you get drunk for breakfast and get the urge to do some fancy flying, remember to do it in a safe and consequence-free environment. After all, that’s precisely the reason that Microsoft Flight Simulator was developed.

Sources: NHKHachima Kiko

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Ha! I wish they were also strict about drunk cycling and drunk commuting, that's more common anyway.

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1st is a winner

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Say “No!” to Droning & Driving. Not cool. -“Stay in school, kids!”

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We’ll never see those envisioned BladeRunner ‘spinner’ flying cars because of these kinds of idiots.

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when the suspect consumed eight cans of beer between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon. Interestingly enough, all that morning drinking motivated the suspect to start cleaning his room.

5 hour morning drinking binge and FINALLY cleaning his room.

you can’t make this crap up.

where do they find these people?

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Maybe after the morning drinking binge he started to see the world differently, which led him to the conclusion that cleanliness is next to drunkenness.

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The neighbor called the police to report the crash

What a snitch! Couldn't he just accepted some money for the repairs? Was it necessary to get his neighbor arrested?

By the way, 8 cans of beer in the morning? Jeez, I love beer but just the thought of drinking in the morning makes me nauseous.

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This man reminds me of a friend who would start drinking even early in the morning.

I remember being in Hawaii as I was having breakfast and drinking coffee, he appears in the kitchen area with a beer in his hand. He could drink, a lot. If I had been drinking like him, I'd been dead a long time ago.

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I quit drinking because of doing stupid crap like this…now I occupy that time doing something else :)

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The constructed relation or causality is the most funny part. There are much more drone accidents with pilots not having drunk any alcohol at all. If he had a toast with strawberry jam for breakfast, would you publish that eating strawberry products is dangerous for handling drones? lol Come on, leave it as it is, that unimportant bs.

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collided with the window of a nearby residence. 

Umm...sounds like the guy was drunk and decided to use his drone to peep in his neighbor's window. I wonder how old she was.

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When I get drunk I do tend to drone on a great deal. (I can't believe that nobody beat me to that one.)

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I don't know what all the buzz is about.

A double...whatever!!!!!!!!!!!

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GdTokyo, BigYen did!

Got to admit On reading the headline I thought Japan had brought in a very sensible law to protect people from drunks droning on at them. I was disappointed to discover it was only for flying a toy!

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I'm not sure I could fly a quadcopter drone any better if I was stone sober. We have a little RC helicopter and, well, it's a good thing it doesn't break when it crashes into things.

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