Stanley Yacht Services: Don't Make Light Of Lasers! USCG Issues Reminder About Danger AND Illegality Of Pointing Lasers

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Don't Make Light Of Lasers!
USCG Issues Reminder About Danger AND Illegality Of Pointing Lasers

On Tuesday, the United States Coast Guard delivered a stern warning about the hazards of aiming lasers at, or "lasing", aircraft and boats. Lasing is prohibited by federal law.

We think it's important to share this information and urge you to do the same, especially with kids, who are about to have lots of idle hands now that summer is upon us.

So, here's a message from the U.S. Coast Guard. Please read and heed, mates:


COAST GUARD: POINTING LASERS AT RESPONDERS IS DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL

MIAMI – The Coast Guard is warning the public that pointing handheld lasers at Coast Guard boat and aircrews is dangerous and illegal. There have been three instances of lasers targeting Coast Guard assets in the past three weeks, two within the past 24 hours.
Monday, a Coast Guard 87-foot patrol boat was hit with a laser while patrolling near Sanibel Island, Florida. Crewmembers reported the green laser came from land. Also on Monday, while on patrol, an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew reported being lased by a green laser originating from land one nautical mile south of Punta Salina, Puerto Rico.
On May 10, a Coast Guard cutter reported a laser strike while conducting a safety inspection of a recreational vessel in the vicinity of the Venetian Causeway in Miami.
There were no reported injuries associated with the incidents. All three laser cases are being investigated by Coast Guard Investigative Service.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and a felony offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A. If found guilty, offenders could be fined up to $250,000 and sentenced to five years in prison.
Laser pointers are inexpensive to obtain and can extend over two miles in range. Pilots affected by laser strikes regularly report temporary effects in vision, including: afterimage, flash blindness and temporary loss of night vision.  In some cases, laser strike can result in permanent damage to a person’s eye sight. If a crew member is lased it severely compromises his ability to effectively response and safely operate the aircraft, ultimately endangering the safety and lives of crewmembers onboard and the general public.
Anyone witnessing this crime is strongly encouraged to report it to local law enforcement.

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In other words, not only is it incredibly stupid and potentially dangerous, lasing is VERY illegal. Do NOT point lasers at aircraft or boats. Instead, aim to protect: Our lives and safety are in the capable hands of the Coast Guard and we thank them for it; don't put them in harm's way.

Here's some additional, important information about laser pointer use.
Laser Pointer Safety - NEVER aim laser pointers at aircraft
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