Sheriff’s Corner

By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO  

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a training conference held by the Attorney General’s Office.

During that training one of the topics that was covered was the laws related to Drones. I was surprised to learn that there are over 2.5 million drones being used in the United States.

I have had the opportunity to speak to a few of those drones owners right here in the Ely area. The conversations I have had with them was to clarify where and how they could use there drones. So I thought I would share some of the laws with those that have drones or are considering purchasing one.

The first thing they need to know is that drone’s fall under NRS 493.020 which classify drones as an unmanned aerial vehicle. Because of that classification they are governed under the Federal Aviation Administration. This means that drones need to be registered in order to fly them.

Nevada has also established laws regulating their use. Chapter 493 of Nevada Revised Statues regulates that use. Operators of the drones need to be aware that they cannot operate them in a way that is dangerous to person or property. They cannot be operated in or around a critical facilities areas, such as an airport. You can’t operate a drone while being under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

There are quite a few laws that regulate the use of drones and I encourage those that are participating in there use to review section 493 before venturing out.

Some of the interesting ways that drones are being used or proposed to be used in Nevada are inspecting power lines, surveying mines, search and rescue, media  and delivering lifesaving medical supplies to those in need.

Well if you have a drone enjoy it, but make sure your following the laws that our law makers have established to keep us safe.

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