Peterborough area police agencies are reminding the public of the dangers associated to pointing a laser at an aircraft

Peterborough Police, Peterborough County OPP and Peterborough Municipal Airport are reminding residents the dangers of lasers being pointed at aircraft. 

Recently, the Peterborough Police Service and Peterborough County OPP were made aware of several incidents that happened the evening of October 5, 2022, in the area of Parkhill Road West near Highway 7 where a laser was pointed at multiple aircraft approaching the Peterborough Airport.  The pilots were able to land safely and reported the incidents.

These kinds of activities are dangerous for the pilot, any passengers, and residents.  They are a federal offence.  A safety measure by the Government of Canada says a person cannot posses a hand-held laser over 1 mW outside of a private dwelling within:

  • municipalities within the greater Montréal, Toronto or Vancouver regions
  • a 10-kilometre radius of an airport and certified heliports

Aiming a laser at an aircraft can cause a major accident by:

  • distracting the pilot
  • creating glare that affects the pilot’s vision
  • temporarily blinding the pilot

There are fines for possessing a laser and if you are convicted of intentionally interfering with an aircraft, you could face up to $100,000 in fines or up to 5 years in prison.

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