A bill filed for the upcoming regular session would prohibit the use of drones from conducting surveillance of correctional facilities and public and private schools. Lake Charles Representative Stephen Dwight proposed the legislation after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff requested a law to stop the use of drones from flying over his jail.
“From the Sheriff’s standpoint it’s a safety issue, he didn’t want people getting an aerial view of the jail facility. From the School Board standpoint, I think it’s just protection of the children.”
Dwight says the Sheriff wants to ensure inmates cannot plot with friends or family on the outside to escape or smuggle in contraband. He says under this law the penalties would be….
“First offense will be a $500 fine or imprisonment and the second offense, I think it goes up to $2,000 if they’re convicted of a second offense.”
Dwight says he doesn’t anticipate any push back with this legislation but is open to critiques and additions. He says drones are so common now that they just want to protect the people of Louisiana.
“I don’t think this is going to be the only drone legislation that’s going to be brought through to the legislature this session. If it’s my understanding, there will be more drone legislation to restrict it but I haven’t seen any of that legislation drafted.”