Holswich Issues Reminder to use Caution at Level Crossings


State Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, has urged motorists and pedestrians to use caution at local level crossings, following an increase in incidents in recent years.

In response to a Question on Notice Mr Holswich asked in Parliament to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, data shows an alarming increase in the number of reported incidents at the South Pine Road level crossing at Strathpine in recent years.

In 2004 there were four reported incidents of vehicles or passengers breaching the level crossing while the boom gates were down and pedestrian gates were closed. So far in 2012 there have been 25 reported incidents.

Queensland Rail recently launched a state-wide level crossing safety campaign entitled "Crosses". This campaign reminds motorists that level crossings can be deadly.

"Any government can only do so much to keep people safe at level crossings," Mr Holswich said. "At the end of the day, every individual needs to take personal responsibility for their actions around level crossings."

"Boom gates, flashing lights and pedestrian gates aren't installed to inconvenience people - they are there to save lives."

The full details of the Question on Notice and response from the Minister can be found at http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2012/544-2012.pdf


PHOTO: Seath Holswich MP at South Pine Road level crossing