AIRDRIE – Crimebeat – On February 19th, 2012, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Airdrie RCMP responded to a complaint of a laser light being pointed at traffic traveling on Yankee Valley Boulevard in Airdrie, Alberta. The laser light was being directed from a residence and pointing into driver’s eyes.
Police have concerns about this incident as there is a significant danger for drivers and could cause a collision to occur. In this particular case the laser light was not one that would cause blinding to a person, but can still be very dangerous in the aspect of distracting drivers, or even having a driver lose night vision temporarily.
The RCMP would like to remind the public that there are high powered laser pointer products which come in different colors including green, and blue and have significant output range. These lasers can ignite wooden or paper matches and melt plastic. Some of these Lasers are available via the Internet and can be dangerous.
Care must be taken when handling laser pointers of any caliber to prevent accidental discharge or serious eye damage.
If anyone has information on this laser light incident or any unsolved crime, please phone your local RCMP Detachment or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to the identity of the persons responsible for this crime. Crime Stoppers does not ask for your name and does not subscribe to call display.