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State police get approval to begin using drones

Posted by wlpo on May 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Police have received approval to use drones to photograph crash and crime scenes. But the agency is avoiding term “drones.”

The police agency says that the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized what it calls its Unmanned Aircraft System program. The ISP says aerial photographs taken from drones will cut down on the time highways are closed during investigations of major traffic crashes.

State troopers say they’re avoiding the word “drone” because “it carries the perception of pre-programmed or automatic flight patterns, and random, indiscriminate collection of images and information.”

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