Another mobile speed camera operator has been targeted in a horrifying attack on the same day Victoria’s new road safety boss slammed the alarming and rising trend.
An unidentified offender reportedly approached the stationary vehicle as it was parked on the side of the Bellarine Highway at Point Lonsdale about 8.50pm on Wednesday, smashing its windows and slashing its tyres.
“The windows of the car were shattered before the tyres were slashed,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“The camera operator managed to drive away and was uninjured in the incident.”
The attack is the latest on mobile speed cameras across Victoria in recent months, ranging from damaging vehicles to stalking and assault.
Just days after his appointment to the role, Victoria’s new Road Safety Camera Commissioner Neville Taylor told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell that the attacks were “terrible”.
“It’s a terrible thing, it’s terrible to hear about and read about,” he said.
“It’s not necessarily a part of my remit, but it’s a really important one for me. I think it’s important in terms of the community confidence around road safety cameras (and) the operators that are doing this work.”
Mr Taylor had a simple message for the people who felt the need to attack mobile speed camera operators.
“When you see operators subjected to that type of treatment, particularly a couple of the more serious ones, it is just something that shouldn’t happen,” Mr Taylor said.
“I say to people if you have a beef about a road safety camera, get onto the camera commissioner, let me do the inquiry for you.
“Those that are doing the more serious attacks know that that’s criminal behaviour. If you see that, if you know someone who’s done that, ring Crime Stoppers and dob them in.”
Community and Public Sector Union spokesperson Julian Kennelly told 3AW last month that operators were being attacked on “almost” every shift.
“Almost every shift now for our operators across the state they’re getting assaulted or attacked, their vehicles vandalised,” Mr Kennelly said.
Attacks have ranged this year from a bottle being thrown, windows being smashed, two blocks of wood with nails sticking out of them being placed behind a vehicle’s wheels and even stalking.
Mr Kennelly detailed the circumstances surrounding the latter incident, which happened on May 9 in Tullamarine.
“He (the operator) was in the process of shifting locations … and a vehicle followed him down the road for five or 10 minutes,” he said.
“He pulled over … and then both (the people in the other vehicle) jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards his vehicle launching pieces of wood at the camera’s car. Quite frightening.”
Anyone who witnessed or has information about Wednesday’s incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.