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Md. wants laser pointer crackdown

Maryland officials say law enforcement and commercial pilots are facing more danger from blinding lasers from the ground.

Maryland State Police and Baltimore city and county police officials are gathering at Martin State Airport on Wednesday to discuss actions they'll take to identify and prosecute people who target pilots with laser pointers.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley says people may not realize how dangerous it is for pilots when lasers are shined in their eyes.

Police say the threat is growing. A state police medevac helicopter crew was recently targeted with a laser pointer while trying to land in Ocean City to pick up a trauma patient.

Baltimore County Police also recently charged a person with reckless endangerment for shining a laser at a helicopter.

This summer, Mary Pat Flaherty wrote about a Fairfax man who had been hit with criminal charges for the same alleged offense.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 8, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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