Faced with the rise in road accidents, the French government is to convene the IRB (Interministerial Committee for Road Safety) to take exceptional measures to stem a trend being reversed. A package of 26 measures was presented. Among them, the proliferation of speed cameras and lures to roadsides, multiply board radars, but also the use of drones under the control of motorists.
The drone to replace the helicopter for inspection from the air
For several years, the police use their helicopters to carry out road safety checks. Identification of dangerous behavior, non-compliance with safety distances, endowed with powerful imaging means, air controls, much less that the gendarmes spotted on roadsides have shown their effectiveness. However the cost of flight hour limit this type of initiatives. No. 5 The measure taken by the IRB poses the drone as an alternative to the helicopter to carry out these checks.
That the police are interested in the drone is not totally new. BRi the intervention forces already use drones for months, perhaps years, to obtain images during their operations. The police are not already present Infotron IT180-3EL-I in connection with the interception of drones above nuclear power stations.
The drone last toy to US sheriffs
Abroad, the use of drones by the police is under consideration in many countries. Not surprisingly, the United States is the most advanced in this reflection. The border with Mexico is under surveillance of military origin UAVs (Predator Elbit Hermes 450) for years and captive balloons. At the local level, more and more police and sheriff equip drones. The most common use is to provide a visual agents during responses to madmen or at events. Some police even received the green light to develop their non-lethal weapons to drones, such taser or rubber bullets.
Less bellicose, members of the York Regional Police in Canada have a drone to respond to an accident. The drone will help to map the locations and take pictures of the accident and thus reopen the road more quickly. The Dutch announced plans to use drones to monitor the road tariff and prevent motorists of traffic jams. If the use of drones for road repression is not yet common, drones by speed checks is a track designed in the United States for a long time. It even spawned several urban legends. A legend of road checks by drone that will become a reality in France.
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