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.
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:
- lumps of concrete or clay
- heavy pieces of metal or metal objects
- pieces of wood
- glass bottles
- filled cans or plastic containers
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