Safety critical at NSW level crossings – and school crossings too

Date: May 14, 2013

NSW police will be out in force over the next few weeks to monitor dangerous driving behaviour at the state’s 3,800 rail level crossings.

According to Transport for NSW, there were 112 accidents involving trains and vehicles at NSW level crossings between 2001-02 and 2011-12.

State Highway Patrol commander acting superintendent Greg Lynch said that the police operation, which will run through May and June, will be aimed at saving lives at these dangerous intersections of rail and road traffic.

“It is important motorists, cyclists and pedestrians take care and obey the road rules when using level crossings,” said Mr Lynch in a May 13 statement.

Police will target illegal behaviour around level crossings as well as boosting awareness of the dangers of these zones, including through the use of electronic roadside billboards during the operation.

“The dangers posed by failing to stop at a level crossing or queuing across a railway line are obvious, yet too many motorists seem willing to take the risk,” stated Mr Lynch.

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Meanwhile, road safety outside NSW schools was also on the agenda over the past week, with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) assuring kids that they can still high five their school crossing supervisors.

RMS had been contacted by concerned parents who thought their children wouldn’t be able to use the informal gesture they love so much when crossing the road, due to fears for road safety.

“Our school crossing supervisors provide an invaluable service to children, the community and to road safety,” said an RMS spokesperson said in a May 10 statement released in response.

“We don’t want to take the fun away for students who enjoy interacting with their supervisors but we do need to ensure our little ones remain safe.”

RMS noted that sometimes school children stopped for a chat with crossing supervisors while in the middle of the road, which was a safety risk.

They have encouraged kids to instead wait until they are safely on the other side of the road before they high five their supervisor.

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