Drones continue in the headlines, revealing problems like endangering fire fighting aircraft in California and commercial aircraft near airports. It’s time to realize that these small machines in the air are more dangerous than cars on the ground and require state registration and insurance as we do for motor vehicles. This should be required for anyone who desires to operate a drone over any area except his or her own property (as we do for cars).
Amazon wants to deliver its packages via drones to residential neighborhoods, but if one of them falls on my head I want to be able to identify its owner and collect compensation for my injuries. Just because a fairly sophisticated drone can be purchased for under $1,000 does not mean that its owner should be able to avoid additional expenses for registration and insurance. Let’s act before someone is seriously injured without being able to identity the owner of the drone that hit him.