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Korea enforces flying regulations on drones Updated: 2015-06-01 06:18:02 KST

Flying drones can be an innocent hobby.
But the miniature aircraft can pose a threat to people's privacy and safety, especially without proper supervision.
According to Korea's transportation ministry, the number of illegal drone incidents jumped from ten cases in 2012 to 49 last year, mainly because people aren't aware of Korea's drone laws.
The flying regulations apply to all types of drones, both private and commercial, regardless of their size.
And to ensure civilians fly their drones responsibly, the government is reiterating the following guidelines.
By law, drones are not allowed to fly at night, between sunset and dawn.
The ban also applies to certain places, such as close to airfields or crowded venues.
To fly drones in restricted zones, like the DMZ, you need a formal approval from the government.
The law also stresses that the aircraft operator must be completely sober, and the drone must remain in the pilot's sight at all times.
Authorities have warned that operators who break any of these rules will be fined up to 18-hundred U.S. dollars.
Flying a commercial drone without a proper permit will incur heavier penalties, such as a one-year prison term or a 27,dollar fine.
Won Ji-hyun, Arirang News.
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