Anyone can get a drone for under a hundred dollars at their local toy shops. Drones are currently trending in pop culture, meaning they are available in a lot of places. Hobby shops give you more expensive types with more functions, while tech stores offer more user-friendly ones.
The rise in drone ownership unfortunately also gave way to a rise in drone incidents. Since drones are accessible to anyone with a few bucks to spare, trouble usually starts. Recreational drones crashing and causing fires for example, has been a problem. Peeping Toms using drones as their new tool to spy on people is another. But the most concerning issue with today’s drones is the incidents involving planes near airports.
These incidents endanger thousands of lives daily in busy airports worldwide. These events create problems on airports. They have to redirect traffic while delaying the incoming and outgoing flights until the matter gets resolved. The source of all this madness? Usually one solitary drone from an unknown source nearby.
Drone Bill on Children:
That is why stricter regulations may be the solution. A new proposed bill for example, would limit children use with certain drone qualifications. Specifically, the weight of the device. It specifies that children under the age of 18 can only own or operate drones weighing up to a limit of 250 grams. Kids could still fly the bigger toys, but the drones would be required to have license and registration from an adult. This means kids can fly them, as long as a responsible adult owns them. This also adds the idea that children need supervision when flying these more advanced machines. Because if anything happens, the user registered with the drone takes the responsibility.
Adding this to already existing regulations may help in irresponsible drone use. A reminder that recreational drones cannot fly above 400 feet. This is to ensure it will not interfere with plane paths. Speaking of planes, drones also cannot fly within 1 kilometer of an airport. They also cannot fly over crowded places, or indoors with low ceilings and large crowds. All that added to fines and other punishments, and we may soon see more responsible use for drones everywhere.