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O'Fallon Passes Ordinances Regulating Drone Operations

August 08, 2018 - 8:32 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, better known to most as "drones", will soon be regulated in O'Fallon Illinois.

The city council taking action on a pair of ordinances that will let drone users know what they can and can't do.

Mayor Herb Roach says it was becoming more and more of an issue and there are currently very few rules in place for the rapidly-growing industry.

“At this time we do not have any state guidelines and if there is a problem, since we do not have a city guideline at this point yet, then our police would not have any means of also being able to step in,” he says.

He cites a recent incident called in to O'Fallon police.

“The wife was out in the backyard and felt that this drone was basically just trying to photograph her, and the husband was very upset about this thing,” he says.

Those city guidelines, including only be able to fly drones during the day and within line of sight of the operator, kick in as soon as Roach signs the ordinances passed this week. Drones won't be able to weigh over 55 pounds, can't be flown during bad weather, and can't come within 25 feet of people, buildings, or vehicles.