Rocks, con­crete thrown from mo­tor­way bridges

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Po­lice are urg­ing Auck­lan­ders to re­main ex­tra vig­i­lant driv­ing on mo­tor­ways af­ter a spike in rocks and chunks of con­crete be­ing thrown from over­bridges.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon a ve­hi­cle was hit, and its wind­screen smashed, by a piece of con­crete thrown from the Bader Drive over­bridge in south Auck­land.

‘‘A wit­ness spot­ted a group of youths on the over­bridge at the time,’’ said In­spec­tor Naila Has­san, of the Coun­ties Manukau West po­lice.

‘‘The four oc­cu­pants in the ve­hi­cle were lucky to avoid any se­ri­ous in­juries but were un­der­stand­ably shaken.’’

Has­san said the in­ci­dent over the week­end was just one of many con­cern­ing oc­cur­rences of peo­ple throw­ing rocks or other items from Auck­land mo­tor­way over­bridges re­cently.

‘‘This reck­less be­hav­iour from those in­volved is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and can po­ten­tially have fa­tal con­se­quences.

‘‘Po­lice would like to re­mind those re­spon­si­ble that throw­ing any items from over bridges poses a se­ri­ous risk to ve­hi­cles and their oc­cu­pants,’’ Has­san said.

He said of­fend­ers could face charges of en­dan­ger­ing trans­port un­der the Crimes Act, which car­ried a max­i­mum sen­tence of 14 years im­pris­on­ment.

Has­san also urged mo­torists to be vig­i­lant and call 111 if they spot sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity tak­ing place.

‘‘Mo­torists de­serve to feel safe on our roads.’’

On Thurs­day, mo­torists in Welling­ton coun­try were also pelted with rocks and a wooden pal­let from an over­bridge in an ear­ly­morn­ing at­tack on a new ex­press­way.

Ka¯piti Coast po­lice said an ’’un­known per­son or per­sons’’ threw the ob­jects from the Nga¯rara Rd over bridge at ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling be­low.

They said a num­ber of ve­hi­cles were dam­aged, in­clud­ing five trucks and a car, in an at­tack which ’’could have eas­ily caused se­ri­ous in­jury or death to any of the mo­torists’’.

In 2005 Ngatai Reweti, who was 14 at the time, was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter af­ter drop­ping an 8kg lump of con- crete off an over­bridge at Otahuhu.

The block in­stantly killed the driver of the car be­low, Chris Cur­rie, 20, and his car veered out of con­trol, crash­ing and in­jur­ing his three pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing his girl­friend and her two cousins.

Reweti was sen­tenced to four years in jail.

CAL­LUM MCGIL­LIVRAY/STUFF

Po­lice said there have been mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents of peo­ple drop­ping or throw­ing ob­jects off over­bridges re­cently on Auck­land mo­tor­ways.

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