Wallaceburg Man Charged After Using Drone To Video Fatal Accident Scene And Posting On YouTube

Wednesday August 26th, 2020

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A Wallaceburg man has been charged after Chatham-Kent Police say he posted a video of a fatal accident scene on YouTube using a drone.

Police say that on April 3rd, 2020, shortly after 10pm the Chatham-Kent Police Service Traffic Management Unit was investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision on Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg.

They say the drone operator observed the locked-down scene and deployed the drone to video the scene. As ambulance and police rushed the victim to the hospital, the drone operator flew the drone alongside the ambulance as it made its way to the hospital. The man continued operating the drone outside Sydenham District Hospital as the patient was brought into the hospital. Ornge air ambulance was en-route and flying toward the hospital as the drone was in the air only a short distance from the helicopter landing site.

Police say the video was uploaded to YouTube along with several other videos taken by the drone. Police were made aware of the video, and a drone operator with the CKPS Unmanned Aerial System Unit was assigned to investigate.

In partnership with Transport Canada, the drone operator was identified and interviewed. As a result of the investigation, a 33-year-old Wallaceburg man has been charged by Transport Canada with contravening section 901.02 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations – operating a remotely piloted aircraft system without it being registered and issued a $250 fine.

“With the advent of small, affordable drones, more people are flying them, resulting in an increased number of remotely piloted aircraft in the air. Drone operators should be aware that there are a number of rules and regulations that dictate how and where the drones can be flown. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with these before you fly your drone. Non-compliance will be investigated, and you may be issued a fine or lose your license to fly. These guidelines are there to keep everyone safe so that we all can enjoy having these aircraft in the air,” said CKPS Drone Operator, Constable Josh Flikweert.

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