ANGRY motorists are throwing beer cans, swerving at speed camera cars and spitting on civilian operators in Maroondah, Knox and the Yarra Ranges. Police say six operators have been attacked in the past month in Maroondah alone, and it is such a problem that the highway patrol has dedicated an officer to dealing with abuse. Maroondah leading Senior Constable Graeme Spurrell said "traumatised" operators had been pelted with beer cans, been spat at and had cars swerve towards them "almost close enough to take the mirror off" to intimidate them. Leading Sen-Constable Spurrell said speed camera operators were "just trying to earn a living just like anyone else". "If you have got a problem with speed cameras, take it to the Government," he said. Leading Sen-Constable Spurrell said the abuse had increased to an unacceptable level, with operators encouraged to lodge complaints with police and SERCO, the company that runs the camera program. SERCO spokesman Paul Shaw said it was an offence to threaten, abuse or intimidate a speed camera operator or to obstruct the operation of a camera. "This type of anti-social, violent and/or aggressive behaviour towards a camera operator is a serious criminal offence, which carries a penalty of over $8000," Mr Shaw said. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/...and-yarra-ranges/story-fngnvlxu-1226570113021 I suppose they are just workers but they are still bastards.