Starting today Florida agencies cannot use Chinese drones
Today, a rule goes into effect that bans Florida government agencies from using drones made by a “foreign country of concern,” which, if you’ve been following the drone regulation space for any amount of time, practically means DJI – and police agencies are not happy about it.
Florida government entities can no longer use DJI
A bill that was filed back in 2020 and passed in 2021 is finally going into total effect today, which has law enforcement agencies shelving their DJI drones. Some agencies are even grounding their entire fleet and are upset they have to use inferior and potentially dangerous replacements.
Senate Bill 44 (2021), now section 934.50 of Florida’s statutes, put in place standards and rules for use of drones by government agencies, law enforcement, fire departments, and others. Many of these rules were already in place and included having a system to release images or videos taken by the drone to the public and proper storage of…