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Santa Clara, Calif., Protects Against Drone-Based Threats During Large Public Events
An article by Eyragon Eidam posted at emergencymgmt.com reported on a new ordinance passed by the Silicon Valley city of Santa Clara, Calif., intended to protect its citizens from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The ordinance, according to the article, was not aimed at defending privacy rights like so many others. Instead, city officials were looking at drones as potential delivery vehicles for destruction and accidental injury.
“With popular venues like Levi's Stadium, home of the 2016 Super Bowl, in their backyard, city officials wanted to take proactive steps to reduce what they see as the credible risks posed by UAVs in their territory,” wrote Eidam.
The city’s Public Communications Manager, Jennifer Yamaguma, said that the ordinance went into effect Sept. 17 and “represents a significant step toward better ensuring the public’s safety at the many large events hosted throughout the city.”
Though the city's spokesperson said no threats of violence have been made, drones over the busy stadium have been documented in the past.
“Because drones do pose a threat to public safety, that was the catalyst that brought forward this ordinance to the council,” Yamaguma said. “This is an object that can really lead to a real threat.”
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- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Emerency Management, 9/28/15)