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NSW Police have warned they will be cracking down on risky driver behaviour at level crossings.
The campaign is part of an ongoing series of awareness and enforcement campaigns relating to level crossings – a joint initiative between the NSW Police Force and the NSW Centre for Road Safety at Transport for NSW.
During the campaign, police will be on the look out for motorists disobeying level crossing flashing lights and stop signs, those who queue over railway tracks, speed near level crossings and drivers who are distracted by illegal use of mobile phones.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Acting Assistant Commissioner, Greg Rolph, said that despite the high consequences, people are still ignoring warnings at level crossings.
"In the past month, there have been two incidents where vehicles are queuing too close to the tracks, forcing the drivers of approaching passenger trains to apply emergency brakes," he said.
"In one case, a boom gate came down on the cabin of a truck and it was only good fortune that the vehicle involved was able to clear the tracks before trains appeared."
During the past two years, police have issued almost 1000 penalty notices for level crossing offences.
This article first appeared on www.lithgowmercury.com.au
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