LEVEL CROSSING CAR WRECK TO SOUND WAKE-UP CALL AT AGQUIP FIELD DAYS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said reducing risks around level crossings will be the focus of an awareness exhibition by Transport for NSW at Agquip Field Days in Gunnedah, next week.
Mr Anderson said the sobering statistics reinforce the need for a graphic display featuring a car that was struck by a train.
“Agquip Field Days visitors will be able to see first-hand the potentially deadly consequences of disobeying level crossing safety controls.
“Despite the obvious danger, too many motorists continue to take risks around level crossings which is why we are reaching out at the Agquip Field Days.
“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 they had enough time to get across to the other side before the train arrived.
“Now in its fourth year, the exhibition which is hosted in conjunction with NSW TrainLink and Australian Rail Track Corporation will also feature warning signs and lights found at level crossings so visitors can better identify the equipment.
“There is also a large LED screen displaying interviews, quizzes and footage from level crossings, to remind motorists ‘don’t rush to the other side’.
“This exhibition is a timely reminder to take extra care near train tracks,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The penalty for disobeying level crossing controls is three demerit points and a $448 fine.
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