Could Indianapolis drones be grounded in 2015?

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 9, 2014)-- Drones are one of the most popular tech gadgets of this holiday season.

One Indianapolis City-County Council member thinks the popularity is moving too fast--faster than safety. Councilor Zach Adamson wants drones grounded in 2015 while rules and legislation are drafted by city leaders.

"I think there are too many things that have been left unanswered by the federal government and the state government," explained Adamson.

Right now, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on rules for the commercial use of drones.

There are few rules for the consumer: drones can only be flown under 400 feet and must be flown away from airports. You don't need a license or permit to fly one.

Indiana has one law on the books about drones. Passed in April, it severely limits how law enforcement uses them.

Adamson has drawn up an ordinance that would create a study committee to develop rules from guiding the use of drones.

He's working with Public Safety Director Troy Riggs.

"The idea is that we create a moratorium that says that you can`t fly until we have established these guidelines. Enforcement is always tricky. How do you enforce somebody who may not be near where an offense is taking place? Those are also things that have to be studied during that period of time," explained Adamson.

He says a study committee could take several months. Adamson wants to introduce the drone ordinance early next year.

To read the text of the drone resolution, click here.

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