May 8, 2014
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as UAVs or drones) has grown dramatically. Monday’s crash of a private drone is one of several dozen drone crashes that have been reported within the United States. Technology is moving faster than regulations. For example, the FAA has no regulations currently for drones that fly below 400 feet. There are inadequate regulations, either from private drones with a camera attached or from the future potential for widespread police surveillance. Much of this is happening so quickly that there is not time for informed consent or legal rulings. Knowing these facts, Drone Free St. Louis calls for public dialogue about the true risk and cost of domestic drones in St. Louis.