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Winnipeg Police - Drone use during White-Out Street Party is illegal

Updated: Apr 23

Winnipeg Police Investigate Unauthorized Drone Use During White-Out Street Party
Winnipeg Police warn that Drone use over White-Out Street Party illegal. (File Photo - unrelated)

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff Writer

Winnipeg, April 22, 2024 - The Winnipeg Police Service has launched an investigation into unauthorized drone activity observed during the White-Out Street Party Celebrations on Sunday, April 21, 2024. Multiple private drones were detected operating in the downtown area, prompting concerns for public safety.

Police located and identified the operators of these drones, who are now subjects of investigation. The incident serves as a reminder that private drone use over crowds is strictly prohibited by law. Those found in violation could face severe penalties.

Drone operators are urged to familiarize themselves with the laws and regulations governing drone usage in their area. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, penalties, and legal consequences.

It is imperative that private drones be operated away from bystanders, crowds, emergency operations, and advertised events. The safety of the public remains the utmost priority for law enforcement officials.

The dangers associated with unauthorized drone use cannot be overstated. A loss of control or malfunction of a drone poses a serious risk of injury to bystanders. Moreover, unauthorized drone activity may interfere with certified and authorized aircraft in the vicinity, thereby violating Transport Canada regulations.

The Winnipeg Police Service emphasizes the importance of responsible drone operation to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents and visitors. Collaborative efforts between law enforcement and the community are vital in upholding public safety standards.


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