Queensland Police issue warning to ‘leave drones at home’

The Queensland Police Service is urging visitors and residents to leave their drones at home following four separate incidents on Sunday related to drones being inside Commonwealth Games Temporary Restricted Areas.

One instance resulted in a 20-year-old man being referred to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

While there was no danger to the public or venues safety, Commonwealth Games Operational Commander Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford said it was a timely reminder for people to leave their drones at home.


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“Temporary Restricted Areas have been designed to ensure the security of GC2018 while also minimising the disruption for the general aviation community.”

“There are significant penalties that could result from a drone breaching restricted airspace and a fine of up to $250,000 may apply under Major Events legislation,” he said.

If anyone sees a drone operating in a restricted area and has immediate security concerns, they should contact Triple Zero.

The Temporary Restricted Areas remain in place until Wednesday April 18.

For more information on the restriction of drones, as well as an interactive map of restricted areas, click here.

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