Police and experts warn about drone usage following holidays

Posted at 10:02 PM, Dec 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-29 21:19:39-05

The Rocky River police department is issuing a warning about the usage of drones in the city. The warning, posted on their Facebook page comes from several complaints from residents. 

A popular holiday gift for 2016, the department has already responded to complaints of drones being flown in the city and several have been reported via social media as lost after the pilot losing sight and crashing them. 

Residents have also called them a privacy concern, because of the high definition video capabilities that some drones have. 

The post goes on to discuss other considerations including the ban on drones within five miles of the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. 

Drone expert and attorney, Matthew Mishak, told News 5 no matter where you buy a drone, there's a to-do list attached to it that must be checked.

"Everything that flies in air space is regulated by the FAA," Mishak said.

Before it even leaves the ground. 

"If it weighs over half a pound and you're 13 years or older, you have to register. If you're under 13, your parents have to register," he said.