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FOOTAGE has emerged of commuters – mainly children – sprinting in the path of oncoming trains as authorities urge parents and students to take greater care when using public transport in the back to school period.
Car drivers are also taking risks as they plough through boom gates and rail crossings, often getting stuck in the middle of the tracks.
New statistics have shown an alarming number of near misses on the Queensland rail tracks in 2017 were 192 – slightly down from 222 in 2016.
Screengrabs of near misses recorded by CCTV at train stations across Queensland. Picture: Queensland RailMost of these incidents occurred in the southeast Queensland region, including Varsity Lakes, Rosewood and Caboolture.
Commuters can be seen with their heads down walking closely next to oncoming trains, riding bicycles over the tracks just seconds before a train passes, and running carelessly over the tracks – most of them wearing school uniforms.
The Palaszczuk Government have urged parents, students and commuters to take extra care on the roads – particularly on railway crossings – ahead of the 2018 school year.
Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan said the back to school reminder came as an 11 minute video of near misses emerged.
“As the school year resumes, roads consequently become busier, and we begin rushing between school drop-offs, work and other commitments, we’re urging parents, students and other road users to be patient and pay attention to the signs, signals and road rules in place, particularly at railway crossings,” he said.
Acting Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Ryan has reminded both students and commuters. Picture Mike Batterham“It may seem like a good idea to try and beat the boom gates, or to push through pedestrian gates to try and make your train, but with trains on the Queensland Rail network travelling up to 140 kilometres per hour and unable to quickly stop or swerve, it can take only a matter of seconds for a near miss to turn into a tragedy.”
Mr Ryan said that Queensland Rail visited more than 120 schools across South East Queensland last year to educated students on the importance of safety.
The team is expected to visit classrooms around Queensland again to spread the word.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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