‘Children’ shone laser pen into motorists’ eyes

A laser pen similar to the one that was used on motorists in Derry.
A laser pen similar to the one that was used on motorists in Derry.

Children as young 10-years-old were spotted shining laser pens into the eyes of car drivers on the Skeoge Road last week.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, described what she witnessed.

“I was driving from the Madam’s Bank Road up the Skeoge Road past the entrance to Fernabbey Drive when a red light was shone right into my face.

“The bright light caused me to slow down and as I did I could see two young boys, I think they looked about 10-years-old, standing near the side of the road shining a laser pen into the eyes of drivers as they drove up and down the road,” said the woman.

The woman, who was driving alone at the time, called on parents to be aware where their children are at all times.

“This happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. These two young boys shouldn’t be out roaming the streets at that time of the evening.

“Parents have to take responsibility for their children and their actions.

“Thankfully, I was on my way home from work and neither of my two young children were in the car with me at the time.

“If young children continue to shine laser pens into the eyes of motorists, then it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or even worse,” added the woman.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor for the area, Tony Hassan, condemned those responsible for the incident.

“Whoever is behind this needs to stop immediately because if a motorists was to lose control of his or her car then it could result is someone losing their life,” said Colr. Hassan.

“It’s up to parents to know if their children have this type of device and it’s up to the PSNI to find out where the young people are getting these items from.”