Heavy fines for pointing lasers at police and truckies
YOUTH who shone laser pointers at police and travelling truck drivers have been warned they face heavy fines if caught.
Police were called to Linden Ave, Boambee East on Saturday after a person complained about green laser beams being shone at them around 10.30pm.
Officers who followed up the complaint said they had the lasers pointed on them as they tried to find the culprits.
Police said they believe the youth may have been near the Boambee shopping centre at the time.
Concerned locals contacted the Advocate to say lasers were shone at truck drivers travelling on the Pacific Hwy past the Bruce King Dr turn-off.
Police can fine people $5,000 if they are caught with high-powered lasers in public without a valid reason.
In several well documented incidents, people shone battery powered laser beams into the cabins of aircraft at Sydney Airport.
Police warn this reckless practice can blind drivers and pilots and has the potential to cause significant loss of life.
To put a stop to such behaviour, the State Government in 2008 made it an offence to carry a laser pointer in public unless a person could prove it was for astronomical purposes.
Youth may been searched if they are suspected of carrying such a device.
People with laser pointers with a power level of greater than one milliwatt are required by law to register the object.