Sensible, comprehensive rules for the era of democratized aviation
Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced a comprehensive solution to the challenges that drones pose, The Drone Registration/Omnibus Negligence-prevention Enactment (DRONE) Act of 2016. The Act would:
“If cars have license plates and insurance, drones should have the equivalent, so they can be properly identified, and owners can be held financially responsible, whenever injuries, interference, or property damage occurs.”
2015 showed that the nation’s laws must adapt to the reality that hundreds of thousands of plastic and metal vehicles will be overhead in the years to come. Several fires across the stateworsened when drone sightings grounded firefighting aircraft. A drone operator in West Hollywood fled the scene after flying a drone into power lines, causing a power outage. And a drone fell from the sky in Pasadena, onto a mother pushing a baby carriage.
“One could imagine the auto industry balking at the idea of registration requirements at the turn-of-the-century, but the industry survived,” explained Gatto. “As technology evolves, so must our laws in order to protect our citizenry. This is a sensible measure that will increase public safety and encourage responsible use of drones in California.”
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