Rail Crossing Safety a Priority

16/04/2014

 

Drivers are being urged to be vigilant around level crossings ahead of the upcoming long weekend to ensure everyone arrives at their destinations safely.

 

Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg said incidents around level crossings have improved in the area and it was important to continue to be attentive and not become complacent.

 

“Across the state last year, 285 drivers and pedestrians were reported gambling with their lives at railway crossings across Queensland, a drop of 27 per cent compared with the year prior” Mr Ruthenberg said.

 

There was one incident each at South Pine Road Strathpine and Todd’s Rd Lawnton – a significant improvement from nine incidents at these crossings the previous year and no

incident at Mackie Rd Narangba where two had occurred in 2012.

 

“While it is pleasing to see an overall reduction in the number of near misses, it’s shocking how many people are still willing to risk their lives for the sake of saving a few minutes.

 

“The fact remains that any near miss is still one too many.”

 

Mr Holswich said the successful ‘crosses’ campaign continued to be rolled out across the State.

 

“White crosses are used in the campaign as a stark reminder of how people gamble with their lives by playing Russian roulette with trains at level crossings,” he said.

 

“The campaign aims to prevent tragedy at railway crossings by encouraging people to simply obey the signs and signals – whether it’s boom gates, flashing lights or signage.”

 

Pedestrians caught ignoring railway crossing protection could cop an on the spot fine of $220, and offending drivers could face a $330 penalty and three demerit points.