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AB-1662 Unmanned aircraft systems: accident reporting.(2015-2016)



SECTION 1.

 Part 6.5 (commencing with Section 24455) is added to Division 9 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:

PART 6.5. Unmanned Aircraft Systems

24455.
 (a) The operator of any unmanned aircraft system involved in an accident resulting in injury to an individual or damage to property shall immediately land the unmanned aircraft at the nearest location that will not jeopardize the safety of others. Moving the unmanned aircraft in accordance with this subdivision does not affect the question of fault. The operator shall also immediately do one of the following:
(1) Present his or her valid identification, if he or she has that identification, and his or her name and current residence address to the injured individual. For purposes of this section, “valid identification” includes, but is not limited to, a driver’s license, a state-issued identification card, or a passport.
(2) Locate and notify the owner or person in charge of that property of the name and address of the operator of the unmanned aircraft system involved and, upon locating the owner or person in charge of the damaged property and being requested to do so, present his or her valid identification, if he or she has that identification, and his or her name and current residence address to the other property owner or person in charge of the damaged property.
(3) Leave in a conspicuous place on the damaged property a written notice giving the name and address of the operator of the unmanned aircraft system involved and a statement of the circumstances of the accident and, without unnecessary delay, notify the police department of the city where the damage occurred or, if the damage occurred in unincorporated territory, the local headquarters of the sheriff’s department of the county where the damage occurred.
(b) The operator shall also provide the name and address of his or her employer or his or her place of business if he or she is the commercial operator of the unmanned aircraft system in the same manner as specified in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subdivision (a).
(c) A person who knowingly fails to comply with the requirements of this section is guilty of an infraction punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), or a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
(d) (1) A law enforcement officer, or an employee of a police department, fire department, fire protection district, or other law enforcement agency, operating an unmanned aircraft system within the scope of his or her employment shall comply with this section unless landing the aircraft would interfere with the officer’s or employee’s duties or would put individuals at risk of further injury or property at risk of further damage.
(2) A person operating an unmanned aircraft system as part of an organized sport, league, or club shall comply with this section only if the accident results in one or more of the following:
(A) Injury to an individual.
(B) Damage to property that was not operated for purposes of the organized sport, league, or club.
(C) Damage to property that was not owned or controlled by a participant or organizer of the sport, league, or club.
(e) This section does not apply to a person operating an unmanned aircraft system pursuant to a current exemption, Certificate of Waiver, or authorization issued pursuant to Section 333 or 334 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95 (Feb. 12, 2014) 126 Stat. 11, 75-76), or other commercial operator authorization granted by, or commercial operator rule of, the Federal Aviation Administration.
(f) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Unmanned aircraft” means an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
(2) “Unmanned aircraft system” means an unmanned aircraft and associated elements, including, but not limited to, communication links and the components that control the unmanned aircraft that are required for the pilot in command to operate safely and efficiently in the national airspace system.
(g) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect, expand, alter, or limit any requirements, duties, rights, or remedies under other law, including those pertaining to notification of, or liability for, accidents involving an unmanned aircraft system.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.