On January 29th at 6:20 pm the Oak Bay Police received a report from Nav Can in regards to a Helijet helicopter which was hit by a green laser while in flight at 4700 ft originating from the area of Cadboro Bay. The investigation into this matter is still ongoing.
Not only is it a federal offence, but laser strikes can temporarily blind the pilot, putting all the people on board the aircraft at serious risk. Never aim laser pointers at or near any aircraft. Incidents of lasers pointed at aircraft continue to threaten aviation safety in Canada.
“What may seem like a little prank is incredibly serious. If the potential outcome to the pilot and passengers isn’t enough, the suspect(s) may wish to consider the impact a conviction under the Aeronautics Act could have on their own future employment or cross border vacations.” – Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties
Dangers of pointing a laser at an aircraft
A laser is not a toy. Pointing a laser at an aircraft puts the pilot, crew, passengers and people on the ground at serious risk. It can cause a major aircraft accident by:
- distracting the pilot
- creating glare that affects the pilot’s vision
- temporarily blinding the pilot
Fines and jail time for pointing a laser at an aircraft
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a criminal offence. Offenders will be charged under the Aeronautics Act. If you are convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft, you could face up to:
- $100,000 in fines
- 5 years in prison
- or both
On February 1st, Oak Bay Police had a stolen bike reported to them that was taken from Oak Bay High School between 10:45 am and 3 pm. The bike is described as a 10 speed Norco Wolverine men’s mountain bike, brown/bronze in colour. The Frame size is 22″, and the wheel size is 26″. It has both front and back fenders, a blue seat, and there was a black helmet with it. Police are requesting the public’s assistance in this investigation, which is ongoing.
Other: Oak Bay Police have recently targeted construction zone driving violations and would like to remind the driving public of the following;
When a construction zone is signalled by regulatory diamond shaped orange signs indicating “Local Traffic Only”, and/or “Do Not Enter” signs with cones and barriers at the intersection, these areas are limited to local residents only. A driver entering these areas that does not reside in the immediate area may be subject to a violation ticket for Disobeying a Traffic Device.