Don’t take the risk
Thursday, 26th March, 2015
Motorists are being advised to be careful and to obey the rules at level crossings.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol will have their eyes out for risky driver behaviour at road and rail intersections, particularly the Holten Drive level crossing, until the blitz ends on April 2.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of collisions on the state’s 1400 public-level crossings.
Between 2001/02 and 2013/14, there were 118 collisions involving trains and road vehicles at level crossings.
Research by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) indicates there can be up to 10 ‘near hit’ incidents every month.
During the operation, officers will be on the look-out for drivers ignoring warning lights and signs, speeding near level crossings and using a mobile phone rather than concentrating on the crossing.
Last year police issued 442 penalty notices for level-crossing offences, an increase of 13 per cent over the previous year.