AS drones become increasingly popular and with many of the unmanned aircrafts tipped to land under the Christmas tree this year, authorities are urging those lucky enough to receive one to steer well clear of hospitals.
Queensland Health has launched a new digital campaign reminding families that all hospitals are “drone-free zones”.
The rules are clear – drones are not to be flown within a five kilometre radius of any hospital. Those who break the rules could be hit with a hefty fine, as high as $10,000 depending on the nature of the breach. (See rules below).
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said while drones may be great for entertainment, they can pose a serious risk when flown within the fly zone of hospitals.
“Christmas is a really busy time for our hospitals – we’ll often have up to 500 patients arrive by helicopter over the holiday season and ensuring the pilots can get them to the critical care they need swiftly and safety is vital,” Mr Miles said.