$481 fine: Police target level crossings to reduce risks drivers take

ABOVE: Train passing through Wiangaree. Photo: Patrick Donnolley

There have been 92 collisions between trains and cars at level crossings between 2008-2022.

Ten people have died and another 17 have been injured in these collisions across NSW.

This is why risky behaviour at level crossings is being targeted by police from today, Monday September 12 until Friday, September 23 at Kyogle, Wiangaree and Nammoona.

Police will be on the look out for drivers disobeying level crossing flashing lights and stop signs, cars queuing over railway tracks, speeding near level crossings and drivers who are distracted by illegal use of mobile phones.

The penalty for disobeying railway crossing controls is three demerit points and a $481 fine.

Traffic and Highway Patrol’s Inspector Kelly Wixx said people were still ignoring warnings at level crossings.

“Motorists are urged not to be complacent as trains can come from any direction, at any time, and there can be multiple trains on tracks that can travel speeds of up to 160km/h,“ she said.

“Some trains can take more than a kilometre to come to a complete stop, so even if they see you, they can’t stop.”

Train passes through Kyogle country. Photo: Susanna Freymark

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