Stay level headed at level crossings

24 May 2019

Motorists in the Hunter Region who gamble with their safety at level crossings could face three demerit points and a $448 fine as part of a two-week blitz led by Transport for NSW and NSW Police.Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said there was no excuse for putting lives on the line at level crossings.

“Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres an hour and can take 1.5 kilometres to come to a complete stop. People need to understand this means that often by the time they see you, it’s too late,” Mr Toole said.

“It’s important for drivers, riders and pedestrians to obey all signs, flashing lights, boom gates and markings.

“We all have a duty of care when driving, not only for ourselves, passengers and other road users, but also train passengers and crew.

“Due to the speed and mass of a train, an impact with a motor vehicle at a level crossing can have catastrophic consequences.”

Between July 2008 and June 2018 there were 67 crashes between trains and cars at level crossings, resulting in five fatalities.

Police officers will patrol level crossings in Paterson, Oakhampton, Kurri Kurri and Kersley from Monday 27 May to Friday 7 June to ensure road and rail users remain safe.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said these localised campaigns are an opportunity to reinforce safety at level crossings and the message from police is ‘Train to Stop’.

“We are looking out for motorists who disobey flashing lights and stop signs,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

“Police are targeting drivers speeding near level crossings and those who are distracted. The consequences of a car or truck hitting a train are severe so ‘don’t rush to the other side’.”

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