In a recent dramatic road rage incident in Kaleen, a driver returning from the shops was rammed twice and pushed along the road, with the offender then getting out of his car and allegedly threatening to kill the man and his family.
The middle-aged driver has been left shaken with some minor injuries and a smashed car from the incident, which took place on Maribyrnong Avenue in the late afternoon on Thursday, 7 February.
The driver, who prefers to remain anonymous, is concerned that police have seemed slow to take action on the matter despite its severity and the fact that he was able to provide a registration number.
But he is also keen to let Canberrans know that “we can’t let bullies win or have their way”.
The driver was in the car alone and returning from buying food for a barbecue from Kaleen Plaza when the incident occurred.
“I was doing the speed limit. Next thing I know a four-wheel drive roared up behind me and sat right on my tail. I threw my hand up in the air to get off my tail,” he told Region Media.
He then came across roadworks, with a traffic controller and slowed down to the 40 km/h speed limit.
“He purposefully rammed me and then did it again. I had my foot on my brake and he started pushing me down the road with his bull bar. I was in a small car and he was in a four-wheel drive,” the victim of the incident alleged.
“I’m going to come and kill you”
“Then I got out of the car and said ‘What the hell do you think you’re doing?’
“He got out as well and he said ‘I know where you live and I’m going to come and kill you and your children and rape and kill your wife’.
“He poked me and pushed me and I pushed him away.”
The driver of the small car said the offender said ‘let’s go’ and clearly wanted to fight with him but he said he was calling the police and the offender drove away.
“He took off into the roadworks and drove into oncoming traffic.”
The driver later called the police and said they came around and took his statement.
“I think he [the 4WD driver] was trying to intimidate me not to get police involved but he picked the wrong person,” he said.
Concerns police have been slow to take action
However, the victim of the road rage incident has been concerned that police have been slow to take action on the issue even though he has contacted them again.
“It’s been two weeks on Thursday since it happened and I haven’t heard anything,” he said.
“It’s concerning that a road rage incident that could have been a hell of a lot worse has been such a low priority in the police’s eyes.”
The man said that his anxiety “has been through the roof” since the incident and that he has “some old conditions that have flared up again from the collision”.
“I’m stuck doing light duties because my lower back’s too sore not to.”
Victim’s message: ‘Just chill the hell out’
He is also concerned about the amount of road rage in Canberra and had the following message for these drivers:
“Just chill the hell out. Take a deep breath, you will get there on time.”
ACT Policing said police received reports of the road rage incident about 6:10 pm on 7 February.
“Investigations into this incident are ongoing, and as such we are unable to comment further,” an ACT Policing spokesperson said.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have dash cam footage of the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.”
Police said that information can be provided anonymously but please quote reference 6361260.