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PEDESTRIANS and motorists are dicing with death on Queensland's rail crossings at an alarming rate, with almost 500 near misses last year.
Queensland Rail statistics obtained by The Courier-Mail for the Traffic Hot Spot: You Drive the Change campaign revealed pedestrians were involved in 253 near misses, or 17 more than in 2010.
The number of near misses involving cars has dropped in recent years, however, with 219 last year, 234 in 2010 and 302 in 2009.
The data showed Queensland's most dangerous rail crossing was at Florence St, Wynnum, in Brisbane's bayside, where 42 near misses involving pedestrians were recorded last year. There were also six incidents involving cars.
Drivers took the most risks at the rail crossing on Old Beaudesert Rd in Salisbury, in Brisbane's south, which recorded 14 near misses.
Queensland Rail acting chief executive Jim Benstead said the safety breaches were disturbing.
"While the message is slowly getting through to motorists, it's disturbing that for pedestrians the important safety message is not sinking in," Mr Benstead said.
"With two pedestrian fatalities last year and numerous near misses, we plead with pedestrians to take the time and wait for the passing train," Mr Benstead said.
He said the good news was that, over the past two years, there had been a 15 per cent drop in near misses at the 1392 public level crossings throughout Queensland.
"However, many motorists and pedestrians are still playing Russian roulette at our level crossings," Mr Benstead said.
"A train moving at 60 or 80km/h can take kilometres to stop. Train drivers can't swerve or avoid motorists so if there's a collision, the car, truck or pedestrian will come off second best."
Last year, 630 infringement notices were issued to pedestrians for level-crossing offences.
A new safety lock is being trialled at five level crosses in an attempt to clamp down on risky behaviour.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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