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Drones Banned on IN DNR Property

(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) - Drone users looking to capture unique views of Indiana's state parks are out of luck. Tuesday, the state told people to keep the technology out.

For some, the sights and sounds really make the experience at Indiana's state parks.

Park goer Sharon Beatson said, "We like the freedom out here and the bike rides and the picnicing and just the outdoors."

Playing with grandkids is one of Sharon Beatson's favorite park activities.

Beatson knows a screaming child can take away the park's peacefulness, but she says it beats another buzz.

Sharon Beatson said drones don't need to be in the park at all.

On Tuesday, this Indiana Department of Natural Resources board took action against drones by banning the technology from flying at DNR properties.

Park goer Madison Kupiainen said, "Personally, I don't think they've ever -- they've never affected me while I've been here. I come here and run, and hike, have picnics and stuff, and it's never been a problem for me."

Phil Bloom, DNR Director of Communications said, "This is much as anything is to address concerns before they get out of hand. Drones are becoming immensely popular. Anywhere and everywhere."

The regulation doesn't just crackdown on those who try to bring the technology onto state park grounds and then take off. Now, you can't even go across the street, take off, and fly overhead into a state park.

That's a measure Beatson said gives her peace of mind.

"They're kind of loud, and I think that's a little invasive to people's privacy when they come out here,” she said.

Madison Kupiainen said, "I don't think it matters. I think, a drone flying around isn't going to make that big of a difference. You hear lots of other things out there."

The department is still trying to figure out what penalty you could face for breaking the new law.

DNR is also working on a license that user could apply for that would allow drones on park grounds.

(This story was originally published on July 18, 2017)

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