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Canberra overpasses to get screened

By johnboy - 1 May 2009 31

The Canberra Times reports that unbeknownst to us there has been a spate of rocks thrown onto roads from overpasses and now $2.4 million must be spent installing ugly screens to cage the animals in.

They’ve had these in NSW for years and yet rocks still seem to get onto roads and cars there.

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Canberra overpasses to get screened
daddy 1:23 pm 01 May 09

Sgt.Bungers said :

Of course… rather than screens, bumping up the police presence on ACT roads by 10-20 times the amount we have at the moment would mean that these idiots are more likely to be caught.

Surely an attempted murder charge could stick in many rock throwing situations? One or two of these kids/young adults locked up in appropriate detention centres should scare the rest of them straight.

And in the ACT that would mean 2 slaps on the wrist and and “don’t be so naughty” from the judge …

TP 3000 11:56 am 01 May 09

I am not sure about at the moment. But a few weeks back all these barriers were on the ACTPLA website for Development Application Comments.

Sgt.Bungers 11:44 am 01 May 09

Why do that when GovCo can make money by requiring all rocks to display registration plates, then install automated rock cameras at each bridge.

Of course… rather than screens, bumping up the police presence on ACT roads by 10-20 times the amount we have at the moment would mean that these idiots are more likely to be caught.

Surely an attempted murder charge could stick in many rock throwing situations? One or two of these kids/young adults locked up in appropriate detention centres should scare the rest of them straight.

peterh 11:39 am 01 May 09

perhaps they realised that lying on the road would be a very short and messy protest?

at least it isn’t like some of the things i did for entertainment when i was younger… (shudder)

motleychick 11:30 am 01 May 09

Pfft, kids these days have moved off throwing rocks from the overpasses to lining up rows of shopping trolleys across the lanes of the Parkway at 2am in the morning.

Discovering those while doing 100kph was fun.

Serious? That’s pretty full on. And utterly stupid of those kids. Wow. Slightly confused as to why I’m surprised about it though.

Whatsup 11:15 am 01 May 09

Postalgeek said :

Skidbladnir said :

Pfft, kids these days have moved off throwing rocks from the overpasses to lining up rows of shopping trolleys across the lanes of the Parkway at 2am in the morning.

Discovering those while doing 100kph was fun.

It’s about time shopping trolleys were registered and made to pay CTP

The shopping trolleys were a protest, they want designated “trolley lanes” on our roads.

Postalgeek 10:57 am 01 May 09

Skidbladnir said :

Pfft, kids these days have moved off throwing rocks from the overpasses to lining up rows of shopping trolleys across the lanes of the Parkway at 2am in the morning.

Discovering those while doing 100kph was fun.

It’s about time shopping trolleys were registered and made to pay CTP

abc 10:52 am 01 May 09

The plans for these have been on the ACTPLA website for a month.

Skidbladnir 10:30 am 01 May 09

Pfft, kids these days have moved off throwing rocks from the overpasses to lining up rows of shopping trolleys across the lanes of the Parkway at 2am in the morning.

Discovering those while doing 100kph was fun.

caf 10:12 am 01 May 09

deye: The most dangerous rocks and blocks of concrete have been too big to throw – just dropped.

Trunking symbols 10:09 am 01 May 09

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

There are some quite artistic screens on the way up to Sydney where they’ve somehow embedded images of banksias and the like into the mesh. Maybe they could combine this with public arts funding?

With or without Safe-T-Cams?

deye 10:09 am 01 May 09

so they can’t just aim higher when throwing ?

guess we won’t be looking over the side of the bridge when driving anymore, eventually we’ll probably be driving through a corridor of walls all the time.

DarkLadyWolfMother 10:06 am 01 May 09

There are some quite artistic screens on the way up to Sydney where they’ve somehow embedded images of banksias and the like into the mesh. Maybe they could combine this with public arts funding?

Even I don’t know if I’m being serious or not.

Postalgeek 10:01 am 01 May 09

that’s ‘watermarked’

Postalgeek 10:00 am 01 May 09

I guess it was ‘unbeknownst’ to us because police don’t want to be giving delinquent minds any new ideas.

Screens can be ugly, but I like what they’ve done with the screens on the overpasses heading towards Sydney, with what I think are banksia flowers ‘waterwarked’ on them. Done right screens may not be so bad, the necessary evil that they are.

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