Nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose using unmanned aerial vehicles for giving speeding tickets, according to a Monmouth University survey.
The survey findings, released in June, were cited in a Government Accountability Office report dated Sept. 14, where it evaluated the government’s progress in integrating drones into civilian airspace.
Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration faces a 2015 deadline for implementing UAV use in civilian airspace.
Sixty-seven percent of the 1,708 respondents said they oppose using drones to enforce speeding laws, with only 23 percent supporting the idea.
Forty-four percent of respondents reported having little-to-no information on UAVs, split evenly between knowing little information and having no information.
Fifty-six percent said they had between some and a great amount of UAV information.
Of those who had little-to-no information, 52 percent opposed using drones to give speeding tickets while 77 percent reported they oppose that practice.
In other circumstances, most respondents agreed with using drones for search-and-rescue operations, tracking down fleeing criminals and enforcing laws on illegal immigration.
Eighty percent support using drones for search-and-rescue, 67 percent said drones could be used for finding fugitives and 64 percent said they agreed with using drones on the border for immigration enforcement.
Monmouth reported no significant geographical difference in responses to the immigration question, with 70 percent of those living in the southwestern U.S. agreeing with the idea.