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New camera technology to catch rogue drivers ignoring signals at railway level crossings will be trialled in Victoria.
The technology will catch motorists queuing over the tracks or weaving around boom gates.
It’s the first of its type ever used in the state.
The first of the cameras, to capture video, will be installed at an undisclosed crossing in Melbourne.
It is expected to begin testing in coming months.
Public Transport Ben Carroll told the Herald Sun: “We know how dangerous level crossings can be — with unsafe driving behaviour causing too many tragic collisions resulting in Victorians losing their lives as well as transport delays.”
“We’re trialling a Victorian-first safety camera on a level crossing in Melbourne’s inner west that will activate if it detects movement too close to a lowered boom gate, acting as a deterrent for unsafe behaviour around crossings — avoiding near-misses and saving lives,’’ Mr Carroll said.
The hi-tech trial will capture footage of drivers who ignore boom gates and level crossing signals.Cameras will be fitted on or near boom gates.
Footage will be sent to the Department of Justice and Community Safety for review.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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