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Kimberley businesses on rock throwing: ‘It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured’

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Kimberley freight businesses have penned a letter to the State Government demanding pressing motion on ‘lethal’ incidents of rocks being thrown at autos.

In a letter despatched Saturday, Broome Chamber of Commerce chief government Elaine Jolliffe stated the scenario was threatening provide chains, neighborhood security and financial sustainability within the area.

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The letter, which was despatched to Kimberley MLA Divina D’Anna, Police commissioner Chris Dawson and Road Safety minister Paul Papalia highlighted a quantity of harmful incidents, together with one the place a six volt automobile battery was thrown via the windscreen of a truck.

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G&V Roberts proprietor Vicki Roberts stated she was fearful it was only a matter of time before someone was seriously injured.

“A road train travelling at 50kms an hour doesn’t stop in a hurry and when the driver is distracted as items are pelted at the windscreen it’s a very serious situation,” she stated.

“These incidents are not limited to just dark hours. We have had items thrown at 10am on a Sunday morning from the trees outside the BP.”

Ms Roberts stated in mid-2020 Fitzroy Police advised businesses that they had setup cameras to report the incidents and would offer escorts via the troubled areas.

“However this only worked for a short time before the trucks and the Police were once again the target of malicious damage,” she stated.

Dean Wilson Transport proprietor Dean Wilson stated in current weeks drivers had observed ball-bearings, believed to be shot from slingshots, hitting their windscreens.

“My greatest fear is a rock to hit a driver who has his window down causing injury which may render him unconscious or even death which in turn could put a runaway road-train hurtling through a house, roadhouse or community,” he stated.

The drawback isn’t remoted to enterprise both, with weekly reviews of rocks being thrown at at civilian autos surfacing throughout Derby, Broome and Fitzroy Crossing neighborhood social media pages.

Just hours after the letter was sent reports surfaced of children throwing rocks at vehicles in Broome.
Camera IconJust hours after the letter was despatched reviews surfaced of kids throwing rocks at autos in Broome.

It’s additionally not a new drawback, with the Broome Advertiser reporting similar incidents on taxi drivers way back to 2015.

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