Legislators Pass Drone Law

The Rockland County Legislature passed a law during Wednesday evening’s session which will limit drone operation for the safety of those within community. Individual drone use is limited to one’s one private property or on private or public property with the permission of the owner. Drones will not be allowed to enter the space of county and official buildings, schools, or houses of worship. Emergency, fire, and law enforcement services are exempt from the law in accordance with federal and state guidelines regulating the use of drones to aid in crime, fire, and traffic incidences. The law was introduced by Vice Chairman Jay Hood Jr. who also serves as chairman of the Public Safety Committee. According to today’s press release, it was Sheriff Louis Falco’s concern about possible illicit uses of the drones near jails and other county property that Hood felt a law would be necessary to keep up with these new and popular devices. A public forum was held this past April to hear concerns felt by the community which was reflected in the parameters of the law. Sheriff Falco commended Legislator Hood in his efforts to pass an all-encompassing law, especially the restrictions on drone operation near correctional facilities.

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