ENFORCING LEVEL CROSSING SAFETY IN THE TAMWORTH AND NSW UPPER HUNTER REGIONS
Dangerous and illegal motorist behaviour at level crossings in the Tamworth and Upper Hunter Regions will be targeted during an enforcement and awareness operation this month.
Tamworth MP and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Road and Transport today reminded road users to take care and be aware of their surrounds when navigating level crossings.
“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 at level crossings,” Mr Anderson said.
“The level crossing enforcement campaign, funded by Transport for NSW, is all about saving lives and preventing injuries but we need drivers to play their part.”
Between Monday 13 February and Tuesday 28 February, NSW Police will be conducting regular patrols of level crossings in Tamworth and the Upper Hunter Region, with a particular focus on level crossings between Tamworth, Werris Creek and Willow Tree.
Drivers are urged to obey road rules around level crossings 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,” said Senior Sergeant Mick Timms from Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
“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 crossings safety is another way we are driving the road toll towards zero.”
“Every day high speed passenger trains and heavy, long freight trains use this rail line on the Country Regional Network – and it can take over a kilometre for each to stop,” Nev Nichols, CEO of the John Holland Rail Country Regional Network, said.
“Every incident can leave long lasting impacts on train crew, railway staff and other first responders and we urge everyone to take care and use caution at every level crossing they encounter so we can avoid unnecessary tragedy.”
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.