USA Today: Americans oppose using drones to catch speeders, poll finds

By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY

Americans support using unmanned aircraft for patrolling borders and tracking down criminals, but not handing out speeding tickets, a new poll out Tuesday finds.

The poll by Monmouth University Polling Institute comes in anticipation of drones becoming much more prolific in the skies. Congress ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to create a plan for drones to fly in general airspace by September 2015, and states are competing to become one of six locations to help develop that plan.

The poll also arrives as the public becomes more aware of privacy concerns and dangers of drones. A Navy drone crashed Monday in Maryland during a test flight, although the poll was conducted before the crash and didn’t ask about safety concerns.