Screen washer hazard
ROAD window washers are considered a “dangerous activity” and are on the WA police radar, says Police Minister Michelle Roberts.
“These window washers are often weaving their way through traffic at intersections, putting their lives at risk,” she said.
Ms Roberts’ comments come after a man was convicted in Perth Magistrates Court for car window washing at the Alexander Drive and Grand Promenade intersection.
Police initially told convicted window washer Dean James Wilkins to “move on” at 5pm on October 9 but Wilkins returned an hour later to wash windows for a fee.
Justice of the Peace Daniel Newman fined Wilkins $50 each for two charges of soliciting con- tributions from an occupant of a vehicle, but he had to pay $225.90 more in court costs.
Opposition police spokesman Peter Katsambanis said offences such as window washing should never be dismissed as trivial.
“Window washing is often accompanied by reports of threats and intimidation, especially towards women or elderly drivers,” he said.
Mr Katsambanis said he supported police action in known “hot spots”, such as the Great Eastern Highway in Burswood.
“The presence of window washers on the road can create a traffic hazard with a high risk of serious injury or death,” he said.
“There are also genuine concerns that the presence of illegal window washing activity in an area can encourage other criminal behaviour that can make our local suburbs less safe for law abiding citizens.”
The intersection of Grand Promenade and Alexander Drive.