Violence on the rise

Kekhara Shaunsuke (25-Bentley)
Kekhara Shaunsuke (25-Bentley)

On Wednesday, a 27-year-old Kewdale woman appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court over an apparent case of road rage.

It was alleged that on March 10, the offender was stopped at the lights at the intersection of Albany Highway and McMillan Street in Victoria Park.

After the lights turned green, the two lanes merged into one. This is where the offender became agitated and began verbally abusing the driver of another car and threw items at the car.

She was charged with criminal damage, reckless driving as well as threats to injure. She is due to reappear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on May 14.

Incidents like this are all too common. Last month, the daughter of a Gazette staff member was attacked while driving along Leach Highway.

She was stopped at a red light with her window down when a man in the car next to her started trying to argue with her. He then got out of his car, reached into her window and grabbed her by the throat.

He only stopped when another driver intervened. The incident left her with visible scratch marks around her neck.

Kensington Acting Officer in Charge, Acting Senior Sergeant Gavin Kerber said incidents like this, and road rage in particular, occurred because people led busier lives and developed less tolerance for others.

He said road rage incidents ‘are on the up’ and occurred much more frequently compared to five years ago when they were rare.

‘It’s due to the fact that people are busier and have less time on their hands.

‘Congestion has increased and it could be something as simple as a car accident up the road blocking traffic and people have less patience,’ he said.

He added that violent and seemingly random crimes usually depended on who was in the area at the time.

‘If you get someone who has just gotten out of prison, or just a general bad person who moves into the area, then these types of crimes go through the roof.’