Re: ‘Driver admits rock-thrower attack’ (20/3) when a police prosecutor has called for a jail term after things got physical during the apprehension of an offender after a rock attack upon a moving car.
It’s clear the legal system is out of touch with the real world and has no idea of the kinetic energy forces at play with vehicles moving at speed.
Most people remember the on-field death of cricketer Phillip Hughes by a ball weighing 156g travelling at 150km/h with an impact force of 135 joules.
The .38 calibre police revolver fires a 9.53g bullet at 270m/s with an impact force of 347 joules and is certainly deadly.
A woman softball pitcher can throw a large ball underarm at 124km/h, so a conservative speed for a rock-thrower.
A car travelling at 80km/h collides with a 575g bottle travelling at 124km/h. The kinetic energy is 923 joules, a force greater than two pistol bullets combined.
Jail time is certainly appropriate in this case for the rock thrower, not the person whose actions stopped the attack on innocent motorists.
The next car to be hit could have been another senseless fatality.