By Bob Katzen

Another bill heard by the Transportation Committee would create a 400-foot vertical zone above schools where drones would be banned from flying unless the school superintendent grants written permission. The fine would be $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and a $750 fine plus confiscation of the aircraft for a third offense.

“I filed this bill to be proactive in protecting the rights, safety and privacy of students and educators across Massachusetts,” said sponsor Rep. Bruce Ayers (D-Quincy). “Technology is always advancing and it’s only a matter of time until it directly contributes to the increasing threats made on our schools. Unfortunately, the FAA does not currently have any restrictions on flying drones over schools. This means it’s up to the states to be proactive.”

Ayers continued, “Our students and educational professionals have enough on their plates on a daily basis and are under constant pressure. The last thing they should have to worry about is whether or not a drone is flying above them, invading their privacy and potentially compromising their safety.”

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