Drones deployed to monitor State Fair traffic

The drones will operate under FAA guidelines. 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Drones will be monitoring weekend traffic conditions at the New York State Fair for the first time.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that state-of-the-art drone technology will help the state police and Department of Transportation better monitor traffic and parking lot capacity.

The drones will operate under FAA guidelines by line-of-sight rules, with a range of approximately one mile.

The Democratic governor says drone research, development and manufacturing are part of a larger initiative to boost economic growth in central New York.

The State Fair began Wednesday and runs through Monday, Sept. 4.

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