Lawmakers weigh in on drone regulationsUPDATED 8:09 PM HST Feb 04, 2014Video Transcript
full of them! Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies. And I'm Paula Akana. Drones are starting to make their way into everyday lives.. The military calls them UAV's---- or unmanned aerial devices. But it's all the OTHER possible uses that are raising privacy and safety concerns... Lawmakers want to get regulations in place soon. KITV-4's Catherine Cruz has our top story at 6... The first line arguments against restricting drones come from Honolulu Police... Drones can go where officers can't ... And police say if you limit drones, you limit investigations. That, they argue, could affect public safety. Police point to the dismembered body found near Ka Uka Blvd last year where the crime scene stretched over a large area. - Kendro 11 :21 -11 36 - "To put a blanket where we need a search warrent over every use of the UAV it doesn't make sense to use its cost prohibitive. A helicopter is over 500 dollars an hour," Speed also matters. Police like to get up in the air as soon as possible after fatal or critical car crashes like one in Kalihi that killed an elderly woman this morning - 9:26 - 9:37 - "For us night or day we could deploy a UAV to get overhead pictures and we could open up the roadways quicker," The State's land dept wants to be left alone because it believes drones are vital to managing vast resources. One of its resource mapping partners the Nature Conservancy says its is not against being regulated. But it worries it will lose a valuable, efficient tool for protecting the native forests from invasive species. Especially in remote areas.. - Mark Fox 14:48 -14:50 "Our staff ...... can go right back to that location with a precise treatment or control of that weed befpre it spreads to a great extent in the forest.14;50 The two senate drone bills heard today drew opposition even as Hawaii is poised to become one of six states selected as a federal test site. The Department of business and ecomomic development urged lawmakers to proceed with caution since the FAA is drafting regulations of its own. - Richard Lim 7:03 -7:10 - "This would help ensure our laws complient and comply with federal guidelines currently under development," - Kalani English 736-7:4 - "If we enact something before then before they preempt us we may have more local control, that's why I think its something it is important to consider." Lawmakers are considering more than a half a dozen different bills calling for the oversight of drones as they begin buzzing in our skies cc 4 news. The use of these unmanned devices is restricted near airports and harbors but it is fast becoming widespread at city parks and even on the beach at surf contests.