Crash Barriers – AFL Grand Final Day – Where were they?

In this incident a 15 year old, deaf and dumb male drives a stolen car (from a family member) up and down Swanston St in a highly erratic fashion. He appeared in the Children’s Court on January 3rd 2018 charged with with multiple offences. It was contended that the boy suffered from a range of mental illnesses and was an ardent collector of Military material on his computer. Mad or Bad? The police have to make this snap decision. Once out of the car, the boy’s stature gave it away and the police acted accordingly.

AFL Grand Final day car rampage caught on camera

WHEN a driver went on a speeding rampage in Melbourne, one pedestrian took matters into his own hands with the only item he had.

HORRIFYING CCTV footage shows a teenager’s alleged rampage through Melbourne’s CBD on AFL Grand Final day.
The footage, obtained by the Herald Sun, shows alarmed pedestrians and cyclists diving out of the way of the oncoming stolen car — which was also clocked doing skids in front of Flinders Street Station and running red lights shortly before 8am on September 30.
It comes to a bizarre climax as the alleged 15-year-old driver is approached by a pedestrian carrying an oBike — who throws the bicycle under the rear of the car.
The have-a-go hero then uses his elbow to smash the stolen car’s window and the driver steps out to confront him.

Victoria Police charged a 15-year-old Knoxfield boy with two counts of attempted murder, six counts of reckless conduct endangering life, and assaulting and resisting a police officer.

The force also allege the driver, who was wearing a helmet and dressed in camouflage gear, was armed with a knife.

However, the teenager was granted bail by a Children’s Court yesterday — prompting Victoria’s youth affairs minister to defend the state’s juvenile bail laws.

“We have made very significant reforms to the bail system. Of course, decisions are made by the judiciary in relation to particular individuals,” Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos told reporters.

Previous footage of the incident shows officers approaching the teenager and tasering him at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets, while others kicked away his weapon.

Bystanders were heard yelling: “Shoot him, shoot him.”

No one was injured in the rampage. One witness told the Herald Sun: “He was trying to get on the footpath and then started trying to hit people … He tried to run into Fed Square.”

Victoria Police said the incident was not related to terrorism — saying it is related to mental illness.


A pedestrian carrying an oBike confronts the driver

The drama came on a day when the Victorian capital was packed with fans attending the AFL grand final at the MCG and amid increasing terrorism fears.

Early last year, six people were killed in nearby Bourke St during a horrific rampage when Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, allegedly drove his car through crowds of people. He has been charged with six counts of murder and 28 counts of attempted murder over the January 20 incident.


Mobile Crash Barriers like these would ensure this type of insanity does not put pedestrians or for the main other vehicles in danger.

Think prevention, think protection, think planning. For major events it’s time to consider highly mobile portable crash barriers. In reality it makes no difference as to whether a militant or simply a mentally challenged person is driving the car. The protection of innocent life is in fact the objective.

For more information on Meridian Crash Barriers please call AML Risk Management on 03 9326 2244 or leave your contact details here.

AML – Where planning provides prevention and ultimately protection.



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