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Police target poor behaviour around level crossing in the Bylong Valley

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Traffic and Highway Patrol are targeting poor behaviour around level crossings in the Bylong Valley area. 

The campaign started on Monday, 12th April and runs until Thursday 15th April with increased patrols at level crossings aimed to increase public safety and awareness around rail level crossings in regional NSW – it is part of an ongoing series of enforcement campaigns 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, vehicles queuing over the railway tracks, speeding near level crossings, and drivers who are distracted by illegal use of mobile phones.

Between 2016 and 2020 there have been nine collisions between trains and cars at level crossings in NSW, resulting in two people losing their lives and nine suffering injuries – all of which could have been avoided.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command North West Region Traffic Coordinator, Sergeant Kelly Wixx, said that despite the potentially fatal consequences, people are still ignoring warnings at level crossings.

“Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160km/h and can take more than a kilometre to come to a complete stop,” Sgt Wixx said.

“Disobeying level crossing warning lights and signs can lead to crashes between vehicles and trains where the consequences can quickly turn deadly.”

Sgt Wixx said there is no excuse for putting lives on the line by trying to race a train.

“This is why we need to continue raising awareness and reinforce our Train to Stop message to motorists at level crossings,” she said.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said there was no excuse for putting yours and other lives on the line at level crossings.

“Signs, flashing lights, boom gates and road markings are at level crossings for a good reason, and motorists and pedestrians alike need to pay attention,” Paul Toole said.

“Ask yourself: are the minutes you might save rushing across the tracks really worth risking your life?”

The penalty for disobeying controls is three demerit points and a $464 fine.

Image credit: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Facebook page