There are calls for tougher laws on road rage attackers after a man pulled out a hammer during a brawl in Auburn, west of Sydney, on Thursday.
Emergency services were called to Ettalong Road at about 3.40pm, finding a 65-year-old lying injured in the street next to his Holden ute.
Police were told two men allegedly became involved in an argument following a road rage incident. The argument escalated and the 65-year-old man was allegedly hit with a hammer.
He was treated at the scene and taken to Westmead Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull. He has since left hospital.
“Acting on information provided by witnesses, police arrested a 25-year-old man in a Volkswagon Golf parked nearby. Officers found a hammer inside the vehicle and seized it for forensic examination,” NSW police said.
He was charged with cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent. The attacked was refused bail and appeared in Burwood Local Court on Friday.
Plenty of Aussies took to social media, calling for something to be done.
One user wrote: “Penalties have to be a lot harder for most things theses days,” while another added: “No place on roads for people like that.”
The Queensland Police Service previously told Starts at 60 if you ever feel threatened by the behaviour of another motorist, you should head for the nearest police station. “Distance yourself from the vehicle and drive to the nearest police station,” a QPS spokesman said. “You can also stop at a place that you feel safe, such as a well-lit area or an area with other people and keep yours doors locked and windows closed.”
If you have a passenger in the car with you who’s able to make a call, you can contact Policelink on 131 444 to report aggressive driving behaviour, or Triple Zero (000) if you feel the matter is life threatening.