One in five driv­ers hit by thrown stones

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

DRIV­ERS are be­ing urged to help stop thugs throw­ing rocks and stones at cars by re­port­ing them.

Around one in five (19 per cent) of mo­torists in Kent say they have been hit by thrown mis­siles while driv­ing and nearly 80 per cent of driv­ers in the county say they’ve seen some­one throw­ing ob­jects at cars – but hardly any­one who has been af­fected has con­tacted the po­lice, ac­cord­ing to re­search by wind­screen fit­ters Au­to­glass.

There have even been in­ci­dents na­tion­ally where peo­ple have been killed by rocks and stones hit­ting their cars.

Adrian Walsh from the cam­paign group Road­Safe said: “At 60mph a brick will frac­ture a wind­screen and shower glass all over the driver – but at 70mph it would go straight through and could hit the driver and cause se­vere dam­age.

“Peo­ple have died as a re­sult of this. The mes­sage is for par­ents to draw this to their chil­dren’s at­ten­tion, for schools to cover it in their road safety syl­labus and most im­por­tantly for peo­ple to re­port in­ci­dents to the po­lice when and where they see them.”

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