SPRINGFIELD — First-year state Rep. Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa) is sponsoring legislation that will prohibit unmanned drone pilots from interfering with local police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders performing their duties.
“We have seen increased activity from civilians using state-of-the-art drones to interfere with first responders when they are carrying out their duties, like in police chases or rescue missions,” said Yednock. “I want to send a clear signal that it is unacceptable for anyone to interfere with the job of a first responder when they are protecting our safety or on the scene of an emergency.”
Yednock’s House Bill 3452 aims to prevent interference with first responders from members of the general public using drones, which have been notoriously subject to criticism from fire departments across the country, a press release from the representative says.
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