Pilots, authorities meet to discuss laser incidents

State law enforcement officials and pilots met today at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) in West Trenton to discuss the growing problem of lasers

WEST TRENTON - State law enforcement officials and pilots met today at the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) in West Trenton to discuss the growing problem of lasers being pointed at airplanes.

The incidents are becoming a greater concern as more powerful lasers become easier to purchase. Beams pointed at aircraft can cause temporary vision loss for pilots, putting the entire aircraft and everyone in it at risk.

Officials at today's event showed a video clip demonstrating how blinding laser strikes appear through an aircraft windshield. They also played a new audio PSA that details punishments for laser strikes.

Last year, 269 laser strikes were reported in the skies above New Jersey.

Officials plan to crack down on violators by issuing hefty fines and even prison time for shining lasers at planes.

AUDIO: Public Service Announcement from NJ Law Enforcement on Laser Strikes

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