2017-11-30 / News

Michigan Task Force Recommends Drone Ban on Mackinac Island

Michigan’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force has recommended that use of drones on Mackinac Island be prohibited in a state law that would regulate use of the small, remote-controlled flying craft.

Task force recommendations were released to the public Wednesday, November 22, as guidelines to state lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder in the crafting of comprehensive drone regulations. Task force members included Bradley Chambers, president of Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, who represented the City of Mackinac Island.

Mr. Chambers presented the Island’s views on drone use near horses: in past summers, drones have spooked horses pulling carriages and drays, threatening harm to the animals and pedestrians. One horse was struck in the head by a drone.

The task force recommendations say, in part, the legislature should “(e)nact a state law to prohibit [drone] interference with the operation of key and unique facilities. Mackinac Island is a strong example of a unique facility in Michigan.”

Gov. Snyder thanked the task force and said he looks forward to working with his legislative partners to implement the recommendations.

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