Originally Posted by Mike Deep
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.
I wasn't saying they were the same. I was venting my frustration that "lasering" pilots was taken so seriously (which it should be), while blinding drivers seems to be ignored in many places.
I think it'd be safe to wager that many more people have been killed or injured due to being blinded by oncoming traffic with improperly modified lights than have ever been blinded, hurt, or killed by lasers while flying. It is another one of those examples where authorities/society making a huge deal out of a very small threat while largely turning a blind eye (
) to a greater, much more common one.