Aiming lasers at the sky could get you 14 years in prison

Two years ago, a Southern California man named Sergio Rodriguez kept pointing a laser at a helicopter. Result: Two months ago he was sentenced to 14 years in prison. To date, it’s the severest punishment for an offense to which many are oblivious.

Of the 17,725 reported US laser strike incidents from 2005 through 2013, just 134 arrests have been made. Thus, among reported incidents – a small fraction of the actual number –there’s less than a one percent chance of getting caught . . .


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