Drone User Heading To Court

We warned ya’ll!

Drone User Heading To Court

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Rules are rules and if you play with fire, ya gonna get…well you know the rest.

Prior to the Townsville 400, it was announced that anyone operating a drone at the event would face hefty consequences.

But the message didn’t get through to everyone…

A court date has been set for a man accused of flying a drone over the Townsville 400 race track.

Police allege the 17-year-old from Hermit Park had the drone hovering over many busy parts of Reid Park, even causing a suspension of helicopter flights.

Inspector Roger Whyte says the man obviously hadn't read up on the Cival Aviation Safety Authority rules.

“In today’s terrorist climate, everyone gets a bit nervous when you see mechanical devices in air space,”

“Pretty sad really, how it could be such a little event with regards to the flying of a drone could create wholesale grief for the alleged offender,” says Inspector Whyte.