San Bernardino County Dropping the Hammer on Drone Operators, Offering $25K Reward
The mid-July North Fire containment effort was delayed by airborne drones and caused additional damage that could have otherwise been prevented.
With dozens of cars destroyed, the county is doubling down on solving this problem before it costs any human lives.
Rewards of $25,000 are now being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a drone operator who flew over a fire and impeded firefighting activity.
The SB County decision comes alongside two Senate Bills that would increase punishments for flying the drones and give emergency responders protection in disabling the airborne drones.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos made the County’s attitude crystal clear, just in case things haven’t clicked for you yet, "This isn't a threat. I just want you to know that if an intentional act of a drone was to cause one of these wonder men and women fighting fires to go down and be injured or worse scenario killed or another civilian on the ground, we will prosecute you for murder."
The full story on the drone rewards can be found here.
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