We really need to figure this drone thing out before more people get hurt.
Computer-aided helicopters have gotten cheaper and easier to fly, but the law hasn't caught up with the explosion of hobby flyers. We've already seen property damage thanks to drones, but now a baby has been hit.
On September 12, a DJI Inspire 1 drone collided with an 11-month-old girl in Pasadena, California, and the injured little girl was rushed to the local hospital.
The young girl had a quarter-inch gash on her head and a large bump from the 6-pound drone. She was patched up and released from Huntington Memorial Hospital shortly after arriving but the FAA isn't going to let the case stop there.
The government agency is taking incidents like this very seriously.
Especially after the recent debacle at the U.S. Open tennis match where a teacher crashed a drone into the stands and worried the spectators that there was a bomb threat. There is also a sharp increase of drones reported by airports.
"The FAA is concerned with the growing number of reports about unsafe operations and is stepping up both its education and enforcement efforts," Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman for the Pacific Division, told Arstechnica. "Anyone who flies carelessly or recklessly can face fines from $1,000 to $25,000, depending on the seriousness of the violation. The FAA has initiated more than 20 enforcement cases, settled five cases in which operators paid fines, and has proposed penalties in at least five other cases."
Some states are working diligently to create their own drone laws to help stop acts like this from happening but others are worried it's all a little too late.
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