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Hit by Passenger in Car as they Drove Past – Will the WA Police Do Anything?

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Today, Monday May 25, 2009 at approximately 3:50 PM I was riding south on Marmion Avenue safely or so I thought in the left lane when I was hit in the shoulder/upper arm by the front seat passenger of the of a blue sedan, BSN 224434. The front seat passenger, a male teenager, light brown hair and baby face lent out the window of the car to hit me, I think with a plastic dog ball thrower or similar.

Of course not being to bright, these boys, I was able to catch-up with them at the intersection of Hepburn Avenue and Marmion Avenue. The window was down the passenger was not expecting me. The shock on his face was priceless. I did not lower my south to his level and hence did not reach out. I did however let him know he was a idiot to put it nicely.

South of Hepburn Avenue intersection a lady and her daughter who witnessed the incident pulled up and hailed me down. The provided their details, so at least I have a witness to the incident.

I have now reported the incident to the WA Police via their online Traffic Complaint Form. The question will the WA Police actually do something this time or will the only response be the form response.

I also found it interesting but when I completed the Traffic Compliant Form, it had a drop box to select what your role was in the incident. The choices given where driver, passenger, pedestrian or other. That is right, cyclists did not get a mention! We come under "other." What does this say about the Western Australian Police attitude to cyclists, cyclists who are legal road users in Western Australia. We are nothing but "other?"

Update – June 2009: I received a phone call from the Police passing to me an apology from the teenager concerned. Hopefully he has learnt his lesson from this and will not offend again.

Update – May 29, 2009. I visited the Mt Hawthorn police station today to lodge a statement. It seems the incident is not a traffic matter, but rather a matter of a assault and hence my form was rejected.  So now I have a formal statement lodged and awaiting further investigation.

Update – May 27, 2009. I have received the following email from the WA Police, which is at least different from the normal canned response. Mind you I am not sure what information they are missing or is incorrect. A phone call will be made.

Your Traffic Complaint Form received on 25/05/09, could not be processed due to missing or incorrect information. Please report the Incident by telephoning the Police Assistance Centre on 131 444.


12 Responses to Hit by Passenger in Car as they Drove Past – Will the WA Police Do Anything?

  1. ksteinhoff May 25, 2009 at 1:09 PM #

    You’re a better man than me. It would have been a “Pull over” or pepper spray moment for me. Then we’d let the cops sort it out.

    Glad you had a witness.

  2. ksteinhoff May 25, 2009 at 10:09 PM #

    You’re a better man than me. It would have been a “Pull over” or pepper spray moment for me. Then we’d let the cops sort it out.

    Glad you had a witness.

  3. Aushiker May 25, 2009 at 1:38 PM #

    Hi Ken. Pepper spray is illegal here, mind you it has been suggested that a certain brand of cheap perfume called Impulse which comes in a spray can works wonders and can be washed out so no lasting effect. Maybe I should carry some of that 🙂

  4. Aushiker May 25, 2009 at 10:38 PM #

    Hi Ken. Pepper spray is illegal here, mind you it has been suggested that a certain brand of cheap perfume called Impulse which comes in a spray can works wonders and can be washed out so no lasting effect. Maybe I should carry some of that 🙂

  5. craig durkee June 5, 2009 at 8:12 AM #

    I admire your resolve mate, I would have had lots less patience. I hope this all pays off for you

  6. craig durkee June 5, 2009 at 5:12 PM #

    I admire your resolve mate, I would have had lots less patience. I hope this all pays off for you

  7. Jason Nicholls June 8, 2009 at 6:33 AM #

    Definitely keep on top of it and perhaps write to the newspapers. This sort of thing is obviously thought as “acceptable” by idiots in cars and they only way they’ll realize it’s wrong and dangerous is by following it up with the police and publicity (newspapers).

    Anyway, it’s good that you weren’t hurt Andrew!

  8. Jason Nicholls June 8, 2009 at 3:33 PM #

    Definitely keep on top of it and perhaps write to the newspapers. This sort of thing is obviously thought as “acceptable” by idiots in cars and they only way they’ll realize it’s wrong and dangerous is by following it up with the police and publicity (newspapers).

    Anyway, it’s good that you weren’t hurt Andrew!

  9. Greg June 17, 2009 at 7:31 AM #

    Just wondering if on the road a bicycle is defined as a ‘vehicle’ if that makes you a ‘driver’ for the form you tried to use? I hope the police do follow up… assault is assault.

  10. Greg June 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM #

    Just wondering if on the road a bicycle is defined as a ‘vehicle’ if that makes you a ‘driver’ for the form you tried to use? I hope the police do follow up… assault is assault.

  11. Andrew Priest June 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM #

    Hi Greg. Under the WA Road Code a bicycle is a road vehicle. In the form I put myself down as “Other – Cyclist.”

    Regards
    Andrew

  12. Andrew Priest June 17, 2009 at 11:25 PM #

    Hi Greg. Under the WA Road Code a bicycle is a road vehicle. In the form I put myself down as “Other – Cyclist.”

    Regards
    Andrew

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