Screen washer hazard

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Victoria Ri­fici

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.

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