Illawarra the next stop for level crossing safety blitz

NSW Police to focus on the Illawarra region over the next five weeks as part of campaign to improve safety at level crossings

May 20, 2013

Police in New South Wales will focus their efforts on the Illawarra region over the next five weeks to improve safety at rail level crossings.

NSW Police says officers will be targeting crossings at Bellambi Lane at Bellambi and Darkes Road at Dapto from today until June 25.

The campaign is a joint initiative involving the Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW and police, and Acting Superintendent Greg Lynch says the operation is about improving driver behaviour and saving lives.

"Police working on previous level crossing enforcement campaigns around the state have detected a number of drivers using mobile phones as they negotiate level crossings," he says.

"Perhaps on an even more disturbing front police involved in these campaigns are constantly finding people who think they can drive or walk against the red warning light. For a person to be patient at a level crossing only takes a few minutes out of their day."

NSW Police says there have been 112 collisions involving trains and vehicles at level crossings across NSW from 2001 to 2012.

"A red light at a rail level crossing means the same thing as a red traffic light – do not cross. It is that simple," Lynch says.

"People should consider that few minutes out of their day is nothing when compared to potentially months of rehabilitation after they have been involved in a crash with a train.

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