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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 2, 2017 10:26 AM
From: Representative Matthew E. Baker
To: All House members
Subject: Propulsion of Missiles into Occupied Vehicle
Shortly, I plan to introduce legislation that will increase the grading and penalties for throwing rocks and other dangerous objects at occupied vehicles. The current misdemeanor grading does not sufficiently take into account the severity of the behavior or the risk of death or serious bodily injury involved. My legislation will make it a felony of the third degree.

Recently, there was an incident in my district in which two men hid behind a concrete barrier near a construction zone threw rocks and steel rebar at passing cars. At least six cars pulled over with significant damage, but police believe many more got hit. Amazingly, there were no reported injuries. However, during another incident last year in Bucks County in which bricks and rocks were thrown from an overpass, a driver was injured and three semi-trucks were extensively damaged. Between the danger to the driver from object itself going through the windshield, and the likelihood of causing an accident, it isn’t difficult to imagine how a “prank” like this could become deadly very quickly.

Please join me in sponsoring legislation to treat this kind of senseless and violent act with the seriousness it deserves.

Introduced as HB1485