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Level crossing campaign comes to the Southern Tablelands - #Tracksmeantrains

Friday, 19 May 2017 09:40:59 AM

Traffic and Highway Patrol officers and police from The Hume and Monaro Local Area Commands are targeting risky driver behaviour at level crossings in support of a campaign on the Canberra line.

Police enforcement commencing today (Friday 19 May) is reinforcing public awareness in the areas of Bungendore, Tarago and Lake Bathurst and will continue until 2 June 2017.

This is part of an ongoing series of safety campaigns relating to level crossings, and is a joint initiative by NSW Police Force and Transport for NSW.

During the campaign, police will be on the look-out for dangerous motorist behaviour such as ignoring flashing lights/signs, speeding near level crossings and illegally using a mobile phone, rather than concentrating on the level crossing.

In 2016, NSW Police issued 371 penalty notices for level-crossing offences.

Campaign coordinator Acting Inspector Mick Timms, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that despite the dangers, people are still ignoring warnings at level crossings.

“Even with the inherent dangers involved, we still see a disappointing number of drivers ignoring safety warnings and controls at NSW level crossings.

“This campaign is to remind drivers to take extreme care at level crossings and not become complacent, as a single moment of distraction or recklessness could cost them their life.

“I want people to remember the simple rule, that Tracks Mean Trains,” Acting Inspector Timms said.

Through road safety campaign Towards Zero, the NSW Government is working hard to drive down the road toll and highlight there is no acceptable number when it comes to death on the road.

Bernard Carlon, Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety said there has been too many collisions at level crossings.

“Between July 2001 and June 2016, there have been 128 collisions involving trains and road vehicles at level crossings throughout NSW, resulting in loss of life and serious injuries.

“Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many. We are working together to reduce loss of life on our roads and promoting level crossings safety is another way we are driving the road toll towards zero,” Executive Director Carlon said.