It is compulsory for all magical species to do everything within their respective powers to avoid accidents. Any suspicion that this has not been the case will lead to arrest, trial and, if convicted, a stiff jail sentence.
The Queen and her Council are only too well aware that accidents can be a very convenient screen for murder so insist on the tough line being taking here. Yearly everybody who flies has to prove that they can stop flying at different speeds and are aware of flying room spacing requirements for their own species and the others.
The fairy squad is not exempt from this and indeed are expected to set a very high standard to the rest of the realm when it comes to flying safely. They manage this well. Hanastrew would expect nothing less. It is a matter of pride to her that she and her girls are the Kingdom’s best flyers, bar none. It aggravates the witches, which is another reason for the fairy squad to maintain this record.
The sprites are not great at accident avoidance and are often fined for this. It does not improve their record. They just pay up, fly on and crash again. There has been talk about bringing in jail sentences though this has led to an outcry amongst the lower magical species. Their argument is they simply don’t have as many powers as the witches, wizards, fairies and so on so should not be punished because their overall capacity is naturally lower.
The Council’s argument is regardless of your species, you should be able to look where you’re going. The Council’s view is likely to prevail but the Queen has not signed this into law yet. It is felt she is trying to be kind to the sprites. She is known for this, much to the disapproval of the Council, but it has meant whenever she visits a sprite community, she always receives a warm welcome. Pixies and imps know who their friends are.
Witches and wizards are more cautious when flying now knowing that any accident will be reported and investigated to ensure it was an accident. Such investigations come under the preview of the fairy squad and everyone knows they will not give up on their enquiries. Nor are they afraid to inflict punishment they consider suitable.
Witches and wizards know full well the Fairy Queen and her Council are highly unlikely to disagree with Hanastrew and the fairy squad here. In fairness, the latter will not act unjustly (they have too much pride for that sort of thing) but it is not overly reassuring for those of other magical species to know they are relying on the squad’s honour here. The squad feel this is a good thing and witches and wizards ought to be kept guessing.