Throw the book at rock throwers, says AA…
The Automobile Association (AA) notes with concern yet another incident of rock throwing off a bridge onto oncoming traffic in KwaZulu-Natal. According to reports, the latest incident occurred earlier this week in Glen Anil.
“These attacks, because this is how they must be viewed, are barbaric and cowardly. Throwing rocks off bridges onto vehicles below is extremely dangerous and can, as we have seen, cause death and severe injuries to the driver and passengers of the vehicles,” says the Association.
The AA says while there is no perfect solution to dealing with a rock being thrown onto your vehicle, the following tips could be useful.
“There is a practice to change lanes immediately before entering a bridge to avoid becoming a victim. This may work if there is no other traffic around, and you are able to move freely between lanes. However, this is problematic if there are other cars who have the same idea. Stick to the speed limits, always obey the rules of the road, and always be vigilant of what other drivers are doing,” suggests the AA.
The Association says authorities in areas where rock throwing has occurred have a duty to deploy extra personnel on bridges, and to follow up on all complaints received.
“The re-emergence of rock throwing is scary and despicable. Everything must be done to track down the culprits and, once in custody, they must not be spared the full extent of the law,” the AA concludes.
Via: The Automobile Association (AA)