Police warn motorists about rail crossings

NSW Police begins new campaign cracking down on motorists caught flouting the law at railway level crossings

February 16, 2011

NSW Police is warning motorists to obey the law around railway level crossings, as new campaign begins to crack down on offenders.

Police officers will work with the Roads and Traffic Authority over four weeks to target people queuing across tracks and failing to stop at crossings.

Since 2005, NSW Police says there have been 48 collisions involving trains and vehicles at level crossings across the state.

In addition to deaths and injuries, the collisions have caused millions of dollars worth of damage to rail infrastructure and rolling stock.

"We want to prevent future tragedies by educating motorists now and catching those who do the wrong thing," traffic services commander John Hartley says.

Police will focus on problematic areas, including Fern Street at Gerringong on the state’s south coast, and Burley Griffin Way and Ebert Street at Griffith, in the Riverina.

During the campaign, the RTA’s portable electronic variable messaging boards will be used to remind motorists to take extra care at railway crossings.

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