Stunning views of Hawaii captured by drone from above, causes some concern for those below.
“I know a lot of people are concerned about voyeurism and spying, but you’d be hard pressed to come up with a worse spying device than a drone,” said Geoffrey Newcomb, as he testified before a senate committee Monday afternoon.
As more drones take flight for commercial and recreational use– some public agencies want to lay down the law, citing safety risks.
“We need regulations or guidance, some specific guidance for law enforcement,” said Melvin Kaku, Director for the Department of Emergency Management for the City and County of Honolulu.
Senate Bill 632 would make it illegal to launch, land, or recover drones at public parks and beaches without a permit.
“We strongly support this particular bill, we strongly believe rules need to be in place,” said Kaku.
Drone enthusiasts say– there’s already federal rules in place.
“The FAA has per view over air space,” said Mike Elliott, of Drone Services Hawaii.
In the end– the bill was deferred, but proponents feel its important to set some rules before these devices, become a bigger problem.