Level crossing campaign comes to Northern - #Train to Stop

Monday, 12 September 2022 10:26:53 AM

Risky driver behaviour at level crossings will be targeted by police in support of an awareness campaign in the state’s north.

From today (Monday 12 September 2022) to Friday 23 September 2022, police from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will increase patrols at level crossings in the Nammoona, Kyogle and Wiangree areas.

The campaign is aimed at increasing public safety and awareness around rail level crossings in regional NSW – part of an ongoing series of enforcement campaigns between the NSW Police Force and the NSW Centre for Road Safety at Transport for NSW.

During the campaign police will be on the look-out for motorists disobeying level crossing flashing lights and stop signs, vehicles queuing over the railway tracks, speeding near level crossings, and drivers who are distracted by illegal use of mobile phones.

Traffic and Highway Patrol, Peel Sector Manager, Inspector Kelly Wixx, said that despite the potentially fatal consequences, people are still ignoring warnings at level crossings.

“Motorists are urged not to be complacent as trains can come from any direction, at any time, and there can be multiple trains on tracks that can travel speeds of up to 160km/h,“ she said.

“Some trains can take more than a kilometre to come to a complete stop, so even if they see you, they can’t stop.

“Disobeying level crossing warning lights and signs can lead to crashes between vehicles and trains where the consequences can be deadly”.

Inspector Wixx said there is no excuse for putting lives on the line by rushing to the other side.

“This is why we need to continue raising awareness and reinforce our ‘Train to Stop’ message to motorists at level crossings,” she said.

Between 2008 and 2022 there have been 92 collisions between trains and cars at level crossings in NSW, resulting in ten people losing their lives and 17 suffering injuries – all of which could have been avoided.

The penalty for disobeying controls is three demerit points and a $481 fine.