House Bill Closes Legal Loophole for Drone Image Capturing

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WESLACO – After two years of your privacy being put at risk, a legal loophole is now closed.

State Bill 840 means drone operators can no longer use drones to record video or take images of private property within 25 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nancy Bazan is the owner of Little Adventures Child Development Center in Weslaco.

As a daycare owner, Bazan said she has to remain on high alert for the safety of the 30 children she and her staff looks after. The children are outside for an hour every day.

Bazan stated that with drones becoming more popular her vigilance is heightened during the kids’ time outside.

"You never know who's operating the drone and what the purpose is of using these drones for or the footage or who are they spying or what are they doing with it," said Bazan.

Bazan hopes she won't have to worry as much with State Bill 840. The bill takes effect Sept. 1.

Law enforcement officers across the state are learning how to enforce drone regulations.

Cpt. Robert Lopez with Weslaco Police Department said enforcement could be a challenge.

"What we can do is pinpoint where the drone is going to land. All drones are limited by battery usage and we would just follow the drone line of sight if it lands then make contact with the owner at that point," Lopez said.

If officers are unable to get to the complainant to follow the drone, an incident report will be taken.

Lopez said the best thing to do if a drone is flying on your property is to take a picture or video of the drone and call police.

Visit the following links for a look over State Bill 840 and federal regulations


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