Cities Look for Ways to Control Drone Misuse

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June 2, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: June 2 on

The proliferation of drones is prompting Laguna Beach and other Orange County cities to consider regulating use of the remote-controlled aircraft — which have a number of commercial uses but also generate safety and privacy concerns.

Laguna Police Chief Laura Farinella had proposed the ordinance after receiving several drone-related complaints in the last few years, including reports of the aircraft hitting people, disturbing pets and hovering near people in the buff, she said.

Farinella said, “If someone is flying a drone close to you, I don”t have a law that says someone can”t do that,” she told the council.