Visitors to this year’s AgQuip Field Days will see first-hand the potentially deadly consequences of disobeying level crossing safety controls.

Parliamentary Secretary for Reginal Roads and Rail and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a car which was involved in a collision with a train is on display as part of a level crossing safety exhibition jointly hosted by Transport for NSW, Australian Rail Track Corporation and NSW Trains.

“Between July 2001 and June 2016 there have been 128 collisions involving trains and road vehicles at level crossings throughout NSW, resulting in deaths and serious injuries,” Mr Anderson said.

“Despite the obvious danger, too many motorists continue to take risks around level crossings, which is why we are reaching out to the 100,000 people attending AgQuip Field Days.”

“The exhibition features warning signs and lights found at level crossings so visitors can familiarise themselves with the equipment.

“There is also a large LED screen displaying interviews, quizzes and non-compliance footage, to remind motorists ‘don’t rush to the other side’.

“This exhibition is a timely reminder to take extra care near train tracks, particularly as freight movements increase due to the Spring harvest.

“Level crossings are more common in regional areas and the NSW Government is determined to ensure safety is front of mind for all road users.

“Driver inattention and poor decision making are the main contributors to level crossing incidents.

“In many cases where trains and cars have collided, the motorist has ignored level crossing warnings because they incorrectly thought there was enough time to get through before the train arrived.”

The penalty for disobeying level crossing controls is three demerit points and a $433 fine.

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