A bill to prevent peeping Toms from using drones to spy on people received unanimous support from the House Criminal Justice Committee. Monroe Representative Marcus Hunter says his bill will somewhat duplicate existing laws by adding the use of an unmanned aircraft to video surveillance crimes.
“It just adds the crime of using a drone for the purposes of peeping Tom and video voyeurism. So we’re adding the use of a drone for the purpose of committing those crimes,” Hunter said.
The bill now heads to the House floor for debate. Hunter says the purpose of this bill is to keep up with the times and make sure criminals do not have an out for using a drone as a way to invade someone’s privacy.
“We’re just trying to make sure that those who seek to use seemingly recreational activities to perform criminal deeds are caught and prosecuted,” Hunter said.
Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle says she wants to make sure that kids playing with drones can’t get arrested under this new proposal.
“Will you do an amendment to it that it doesn’t hurt my grandson who ran his drone into a tree? It didn’t have a camera on it, but can you help me with that?” Marcelle said.