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Throwing objects at vehicles

Elements of the offence

It is an offence to throw or drop an object at or on a vehicle being driven on a road, busway, railway or tramway [Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) s 32A]. The offence will be made out regardless of whether the vehicle is moving or stationary at the time that the object is thrown or dropped.

Penalty

A penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment applies.

Definition of 'vehicle'

‘Vehicle’ includes all modes of transport such as bicycles, animal drawn carriages and even a person riding an animal.

The types of objects covered by the legislation are numerous and include:

  • rocks
  • bricks
  • lumps of concrete or clay
  • heavy pieces of metal or metal objects
  • pieces of wood
  • glass bottles
  • filled cans or plastic containers
Throwing objects at vehicles  :  Last Revised: Thu Sep 18th 2014
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