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Police Wrap – 17 October

By johnboy - 17 October 2009 5

(Now that these things have moved to a weekly affair it appears that there’s also a lot less policing being done if the numbers of media releases is any indication)

1. Mugging on Childers Street?

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a robbery that occurred in Canberra City yesterday (Tuesday, 13 October).

About 8.20am, the female victim parked her vehicle in a car park at the end of Childers Street. She exited her vehicle and walked towards Marcus Clarke Street, before suffering severe head pain. She later awoke in her vehicle to find a sum of cash missing from her wallet.

The victim drove home and reported the incident to police. Police believe that the victim was hit on the head, and may have lost consciousness as a result of her injuries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen any suspicious persons or activity near the Childers Street car park to contact Crime Stoppers.

2. Death on Parkes Way:

ACT Policing is investigating the death of a male pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Parkes Way at 8.11pm tonight (Thursday, October 15).

Although investigations are at an early stage police believe the pedestrian, believed to be a 42-year-old man from Griffith, had stepped from the road verge on the southern carriageway of Parkes Way, where he was then struck by a Nissan Pulsar sedan travelling west (city-bound).

At this time, police believe that neither speed nor alcohol were contributing factors in the driver’s involvement.

It was the 12th road death in the ACT this calendar year.

Any witnesses who may have seen the incident and have not yet spoken to police, or can provide any other information which could assist the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers

If you can help police contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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Police Wrap – 17 October
bd84 7:59 pm 18 Oct 09

cranky said :

In addition to the above can probably be added the meat shredding ability of the wire centre dividers which unfortunately contributed to another fatality just recently.

If these dividers were known to cause such damage, just who adjudged that the cost/benefit ratio was less than the probable damage to life and limb of motorcyclists?

The likelyhood of a motorcyclist surviving a crash at speed when crashing into any road side barrier is fairly minimal, as is the chances of surviving skidding across into oncoming traffic. The higher levels of risks in riding motorcycles are very well known, you take the additional risk when climbing aboard the motorcycle.

Anna Key 7:59 am 18 Oct 09

cranky said :

In addition to the above can probably be added the meat shredding ability of the wire centre dividers which unfortunately contributed to another fatality just recently.

If these dividers were known to cause such damage, just who adjudged that the cost/benefit ratio was less than the probable damage to life and limb of motorcyclists?

Perhaps all roads should have those protective barriers that they use in MotoGP to protect motorcyclists who fall off.

cranky 10:03 pm 17 Oct 09

And that ‘less’hould have been ‘greater’.

cranky 9:30 pm 17 Oct 09

In addition to the above can probably be added the meat shredding ability of the wire centre dividers which unfortunately contributed to another fatality just recently.

If these dividers were known to cause such damage, just who adjudged that the cost/benefit ratio was less than the probable damage to life and limb of motorcyclists?

cranky 9:14 pm 17 Oct 09

Re the Parkes Way incident.

To his family, I’m sorry.

I hope that the lack of speed, the absence of alcohol, and the time of night cause the Chief Minister to question the ‘speed cameras will reduce our road toll to zero’ mentality he is so keen to push.

He has convened a road safety round table recently on just this subject. This years count seems to range over a variety of causes. Not being able to access Coroners Court records, I cannot list them.

However, speed, medical catastophe, alcohol, suicide, drugs, and plain stupidity seem to figure in the list of causes one can summise from the media reports.

Dear Jon. Have your speed cameras worked?

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