Report highway rock throwing
My office has received numerous calls and emails from people who are very concerned about rocks being thrown at travelling cars and trucks. The impact of the smallest rock can break a windscreen, especially at highway speeds, causing people to crash and lose their lives.
This behaviour towards innocent people, including truck drivers who keep Australia moving with deliveries of food and other supplies, is an absolute disgrace and I have written to the NSW State Minister for Police and Emergency Services, to outline the concerns my constituents have.
This month I received a reply from the Hon David Clarke MLC (Parliamentary Secretary for Justice), on behalf of the Minister, who has informed me that the police are working with shire councils, Roads and Maritime Services, schools and others to support their operations at targeted locations.
One area that has raised concern is in Moree, NSW, where a Brisbane-based truck driver, and victim, has started a petition calling for tougher sentences for juvenile offenders. She includes Boggabilla, Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke, Wilcannia, Peak Hill, and Shepparton as other high-risk areas. She has also set-up a Facebook Group, ‘Report The Rock Throwing,’ for truck drivers and others to inform each other to be careful, when travelling through these areas.
Police are still urging people to report incidents of rock throwing so that they can ensure these locations are patrolled, which also helps to catch perpetrators.
If you see an incident occur, please immediately call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. If a member of the public is in immediate danger, please call 000. Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppers.com.au.
Report The Rock Throwing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/149528035577274/about/