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Dangerous use of a drone in Oregon could result in steep fines, jail time

A drone flies above Gales Creek. Photo: Chas Hundley

SALEM - An Oregon law now in effect, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2019, makes it a class A misdemeanor for intentionally exhibiting dangerous behavior with a drone.

Specifically, Senate Bill 581 amends a 2016 law to read that any person is in violation who possesses or controls an “unmanned aircraft system,” a.k.a. a drone, that directs lasers at another aircraft while in the air, crashes into another aircraft while flying, or that prevents the takeoff and landing of an aircraft.

The law also states that the court may seize any “unmanned aircraft system” determined to be used in a person’s second conviction and declare the drone contraband, resulting in permanent forfeiture by the defendant. 

Additionally, the law requires any educational institution, whether it’s public . . .

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