Penalty For Laser Pen Pointing Mulled Under New Law
Feb 06, 2017 08:01 AM EST
Laser pens pointed at pilots or drivers will be made illegal. The offender will pay a certain amount if found guilty.
According to a report in Sky News, pointing laser pens to pilots or drivers can cause temporary blindness. This may lead to fatal accidents and is a dangerous act. It needs to be proven if a person did the act so to pay the fines.
It is indicated in the same report that laser pens pointed at pilot have done dangers to the victim. There were 1,500 incidents that recorded each year. One report indicated that a flight to New York in February last year needed to go back to Heathrow. This had been caused by a laser pen pointed at the cockpit that hit the pilot in the eye.
A report from BBC indicates that a law has been introduced in 2010 for the protection of pilots. The law is to penalize the ones who point a laser pen to the pilots. Under the Air navigation Order, the person found guilty of pointing a laser pen to pilots is to pay a fine of 2,000 pounds.
If the offense is found to cause more danger, the person is to face more penalties that will put the person in jail. This new law is to lessen the acts of pointing "laser pens" to pilots or drivers. It also encourages more safety especially when flying.
Meanwhile, a report in ITV indicates that the details for the new law and punishments for pointing "laser pens" are to be set up in an upcoming legislation. This has been according to the Department of Transport.
In the meantime, Steve Landells a flight safety specialist of the British Airline Pilots Association shares that this new law which penalizes "laser pen" pointing is a good thing and will add safety in flight.