While it is true that the current COVID 19 “safer at home” restrictions in Florida means fewer cars, motorcycles and trucks on our roads, there are still crashes occurring all across the state.
Sadly, even a worldwide pandemic does not stop some drivers from making poor driving decisions that often result in injuring an innocent victim.
Florida has tried many technological methods to help reduce the alarming number of motor vehicle crashes throughout the state, like red light cameras, as an example, recently there was one attempt that was attempted, but did not make it into law.
According to the Palm Beach Post, the Palm Beach Police Department made an attempt to get permission to use drones to monitor traffic conditions in the city. The idea was that drones allow for a viewpoint that officers on the ground cannot access. It would allow them to spot areas in need of extra patrol or interventions.
Furthermore, the use of drones could assist with gathering information and evidence after an accident. This task is notoriously long and difficult, especially for large accident scenes. Having the birds-eye view from a drone could assist with measurements and locating evidence that officers on the ground could miss. It could increase the accuracy of such measurements, too. However, the use of drones is not likely to happen soon.
Unfortunately, the bill requesting the use of drones never made it into law. Lawmakers had concerns about violations in current laws and statutes that could occur from the use of drones. Specifically, there had already been issues in the past using drones to monitor bicycles for speed limit violations. This did nothing to encourage lawmakers to dig into this bill and pass it.
The end of things
The bill's current status is an indefinite suspension after it passed the House but stalled in the Senate. While this may be discouraging, it is not the end of the push to use drones in law enforcement. Palm Beach has serious traffic issues, especially during peak times of the year. The use of drones could help eliminate these issues and save lives by preventing car accidents. The assistance of drones is something that many officials believe in strongly. Since it did pass in the Florida House, it leaves them hopeful that it could still pass fully in the future.