Local governments are taking a crucial role to lead the conversation about integrating technology into city programs, and to create local guidelines on safe and proper use of drones. Municipalities and counties are not only the first resource for creating rules for residents, but also are the leaders of regional airports, prisons, and stadiums. Their concerns for drone safety reach every person and building within their city limits, and it’s up to them to decide how and when to integrate drone safety regulations.
Local governments are the front line for drone safety and enforcing regulations. The FAA does not have safety inspectors at the local level and depends on law enforcement or private citizens to alert federal authorities to unsafe or potentially unauthorized drone operations.
Cities and towns experienced multiple drone incidents firsthand in the first half of 2017, and were involved with the following activities:
- Report published, “Cities and Drones: What Cities Need to Know About Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)”: The National League of Cities published municipal action guide for local officials, providing insight into federal rules relating to drone operation, as well as offering suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities.
- Inmates fly mobile phones, drugs, and porn into jail via drone: While smuggling contraband into prison through any method violates federal law, no statute currently bars drones from flying near correctional facilities.
- Report published, “Domesticating the Drone”: Developed by the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, this report is a primer of drone rules for local governments throughout the United States, and overview of how different cities are developing drone regulations.
- Drone impedes Arizona firefighters’ efforts to battle wildfire: As crews were battling a fire, officials say a drone’s presence delayed air crews from putting out the blaze. The National Interagency Fire Center reports that there were 41 drone incursions in the U.S. last year while aerial fire fighting was underway.
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