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Laser pointer crack down

August 26, 2005

Thomasville-- The Thomasville Police Department issues a strong warning about a popular toy.

Officers say they've noticed an increase in the misuse of laser pointers. They've had several problems recently with children pointing them at drivers, and even patrol cars. Sergeant Rachelle Denmark says shining the lasers can cause a temporary condition called "flash blindness." "If someone is driving a motor vehicle and a laser is pointed in their eye and they have this momentary blindness, they can't see, and they're driving. That poses a problem, a great problem," says Denmark.

Fortunately, no accidents have yet been caused by flash blindness. Denmark says that if someone is caught shining a laser at a driver, they can be charged with reckless conduct, or worse.

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