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Coast Guard fines man $9,500 for pointing laser at ferry


January 11, 2017

A high-powered blue laser shines against a black background, demonstrating how strong the light can be when emitted from this device.

A Freeland man who pointed a laser at a state ferry in 2015 while traveling between Mukilteo and Clinton has been issued a $9,500 civil penalty rather than the potential $100,000 penalty.

“That could have been what he owed but they chose to fine him for just the one violation,” said Petty Officer Ali Flockerzi of the U.S. Coast Guard’s public affairs office in Seattle.

In April, the Coast Guard fined 28-year-old Mark Raden of Whidbey Island $100,000 for violation of a safety and security zone as well as interference with the safe operation of the ferry Tokitae.

On Dec. 27, 2016, a...

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