ENFORCING LEVEL CROSSING SAFETY IN THE
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport Kevin Anderson MP today warned motorists that dangerous and illegal behaviour at level crossings in the Southern Tablelands will be targeted during an enforcement and awareness operation later this month.
“We want to remind road users to take care and be aware of their surrounds when navigating level crossings,” Mr Anderson said.
“Failing to stop at a level crossing or queuing across a railway line can have devastating consequences and this government is doing everything it can to ensure drivers are not taking risks.
“The level crossing enforcement campaign is all about saving lives and preventing injuries but we need drivers to play their part.”
Between Friday 19 May and Monday 5 June, NSW Police will be conducting regular patrols of level crossings in the Southern Tablelands, with a particular focus on the area between Goulburn and Bungendore.
Drivers are urged to obey road rules and not rush to the other side.
“Even though collisions between trains and road vehicles can be catastrophic, too many motorists take risks around level crossings, which is why the NSW Police Force partners with the Centre for Road Safety at Transport for NSW to target dangerous behaviour,” Acting Inspector Mick Timms from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.
“Road users need to be reminded to take extreme care at level crossings – because a single moment of distraction or recklessness could cost them their life.”
“Between July 2001 and June 2016, there were 128 collisions involving trains and road vehicles at level crossings throughout NSW resulting in loss of life and serious injuries, which is why we’re cracking down on this dangerous behaviour,” Bernard Carlon, Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety said.
“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 crossing safety is another way we are driving the road toll towards zero.”
Residents living in nearby areas will be kept informed of the campaign with letterbox drops ahead of the enforcement period.
There will also be electronic billboards reminding motorists to take care at level crossings.
The penalty for disobeying controls at a level crossing is three demerit points and a $433 fine.