A North Carolina sheriff is urging state lawmakers to not legislate privacy issues related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
In a letter sent to the North Carolina House Committee on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram argues that UAS can greatly benefit law enforcement officials ‘in search-and-rescue operations, patrol of the waterways, marijuana busts and hostage situations,’ according to an article by StarNewsOnline.com.
Brunswick says that using manned helicopters has limits: The pilot is not always available, deploying helicopters is time-consuming, and maintenance and operation is costly. UAS, meanwhile, can be deployed quickly and inexpensively, Brunswick contends.
In addition, the sheriff states that there should essentially be no legal distinction between manned and unmanned aircraft.
The full article by StarNewsOnline.com can be found here.