Truckies under siege
ROCKHAMPTON truckie Mel Wehlow says foolish kids hurling milkshakes, bottles and rocks at truck drivers are creating chaos on city streets.
Mel, who has been in the transport industry for 14 years, said he'd spoken to a truckie mate who had a rock thrown at his truck as he drove through Rockhampton.
He fears it's only a matter of time before the yobs cause a serious accident.
He says he was the victim of two children throwing milkshakes at his truck as he drove along George Street, in south Rockhampton. The kids stood with their bikes on the strip in the centre of the road.
He saw the milkshakes in their hands and as he drove past one splattered on the side of his truck, the other landing on his window.
Mel pulled on the brakes, but by the time he jumped out of his cab the youths had disappeared.
“It will cause an accident one day.
“If you chucked a rock and it went through a windscreen and hit the driver, the drive could get a cut across his head.
“All you need is for a truck to swerve into a car beside it. Imagine a 60 ton truck colliding with another car.”
Rockhampton district duty officer Senior Sergeant John Hamrey yesterday warned it was an offence to hurl objects at cars.
He said there had been incidents, particularly in Brisbane, where rocks had caused serious damage to cars and trucks.
“People don't realise the extent of doing that. Because of the force when a rock hits the windscreen it can penetrate and cause injury to the driver,” Senior Sergeant Hamrey said.
“It's just amazing that some people are continually doing that behaviour and placing road users in danger.”
Senior Sergeant Hamrey said as soon as motorists see something happening they should pull over and call police with a description of the offender and the location it happened.
“The more information we get it adds weight to our intelligence. We might not locate them first up but we'll be able to get descriptions to our patrols,” he said.