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Road rage. Will courts get tough?

By Thumper 15 April 2005 6

From the Canberra Times. Another savage and needless road rage incident. One has to ask, will the perpetrators, if caught, be charged with assault? Or are road rage incidents as such seen in a different light?

One hopes not, as much as one hopes that Steve Pratt refrains from commenting.

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Apocalypse 4:23 pm 18 Apr 05

Yeah, the shit i see people get away with in this city is amazing. assault, grevous bodily harm. disregarding DVO’s and you get a slap on the wrist.

yet a mate of mine who flogged a few cars, stole a few stereos gets locked in jail. yet he has never harmed a fly, not saying he didnt deserve time, but i think anything occasioning in actual bodily harm or assault should be looked at more seriously, even in traffic

vg 10:38 am 18 Apr 05

will ACT Courts get tough? That can be answered in one word……..never

Ari 4:38 pm 15 Apr 05

Heard the victim on radio this morning.

I, too, was a bit put off by the “he assaulted me while I was on a mercy mission carrying drugs for intensive care” schtick, as if that was somehow the real offence, not the assault itself.

Surely it’s of equal concern if it happens to a Dominoes delivery driver carrying pizza for a fat couch potato?

That said, the “alleged” assaulter deserves time in jail, if the offence if proved.

Jazz 4:24 pm 15 Apr 05

Threeze, those yellow stackhats were dangerous things at the best of times.

threeze 3:38 pm 15 Apr 05

I swear this wasn’t me. Someone please tell Jazz that. PLEASE.

As for the tried to kill us thing, I’ve heard similar things from people. When I was younger, I was pushed off my bike in front of a car. He stopped near me and jumped out telling me that I had put his family in danger and that I could have killed him. I guess my yellow Stackhat was at risk of entering his windscreen and hitting someone.

RandomGit 3:11 pm 15 Apr 05

I was checking this out earlier today. The intersection in question is actually quite open. Assuming the orderly was heading away from the hospital, either left or right, then I would say there is enough visibility to see any oncoming traffic.

I don;t think, in all the natal visits I made to that area, that traffic can park around those curbs and reasonably obstruct his vision.

The emotional screws on the ‘poor orderly just helping people out’ are being twisted in tight. I’d say he was speeding and not looking where he was going properly, but the detaisl to judge this have been left out.

But then, ‘you tried to kill us’ from the rager and his girlfriend are one of the more idiotic emotional outbursts I’ve heard.

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