Level crossing enforcement in the New England Region NSW

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Dangerous driving at level crossings in the New England Region will be targeted during a two week enforcement and awareness operation led by Transport for NSW and NSW Police.

Police officers will patrol level crossings in Tamworth from Monday 18 March to Friday 29 March to ensure road and rail users remain safe.

Key Points:

  • There are 3,800 level crossings across NSW
  • Between July 2001 and June 2018 there were 144 collisions between trains and road vehicles at level crossings
  • Sadly,  those collisions resulted in 11 fatalities
  • High visibility enforcement will include mobile signage, a media campaign and safety reminders in local letterboxes.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said a moment of distraction or recklessness can destroy lives.

“It’s important for drivers, riders and pedestrians to obey all signs, flashing lights, boom gates and markings. Look, listen and don’t rush to the other side of a level crossing,” Mr Carlon said.

“We all have a duty of care when driving, not only for ourselves, passengers and other road users, but also train passengers and crew.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Acting Assistant Commissioner Greg Rolph said ‘Train to Stop’ is the police message for this years’ safety campaign.

“The dangers posed by failing to stop at a level crossing or queuing across a railway line are obvious, yet many motorists are too willing to take the risk,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Rolph said.

In the past two years, NSW police have issued almost 1,000 penalty notices for level crossing traffic offences.

The penalty for disobeying controls at a level crossing is three demerit points and a $448 fine.