Originally Posted by PolarMonkey
So shining a laser at a helicopter is an instant federal crime, but in most places I've been it is either perfectly legal (or the laws are unenforced) for any a-hole to mod their car or truck with ridiculously bright aftermarket HID headlights or fog lights and blind all oncoming traffic? How does that make sense?
Not at all the same thing.
Improperly installed or aimed HIDs will dazzle at most. You still have the ability to see after they pass. Lasers can temporarily or permanently blind victims even after the beam is gone.