Amherst, NY (WBEN) - How concerned are you about drones flying over your town and recording your every move?
Probably not as concerned as former Amherst Town Board Member Dan Ward, who has put together the framework of a new local law that would govern the use of drones flying over the town.
Ward says that he is mostly concerned about drones being used to surveil citizens, saying that without any law, the devices would be free to fly over the town and take images. "There's prohibitions we've worked in there against weaponization, we obviously don't want drones flying around that are weaponized," Ward said. "Also, surveillance cameras, perhaps with side-scanning radar that could go through houses or in to the earth."
"It's not an anti-drone, or drone prohibition ordinance, but something to regulate it, because right now there really are no regulations that we've been able to find," Ward said. His proposed law would penalize any person or entity who illegally flies a drone within local Town of Amherst airspace with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.