Don’t dice with a train’s heavy metal – RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has implored road users to pay attention to level rail crossings following a shocking rise in the rate of ‘near miss’ incidents in the past year.

The message followed the launch of a creative new campaign by Queensland Rail which featured a heavy metal band to represent a train and promote rail safety.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the launch of the new campaign followed a 33 percent increase in the number of ‘near misses’ reported at Queensland Rail level crossings in the 2017-18 financial year.

“Last year, an alarming 248 road users reported experiencing a near miss between their vehicle or themselves and a train at Queensland Rail level crossings as a result of disobeying warning signs and signals,” Mr Bailey said.

“This is in addition to 127 incidents last financial year, when road users collided with level crossing infrastructure in place for their protection, such as boom gates.”

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said all road users needed to have their wits about them around level crossings.

“There are plenty of warnings, flashing lights, and ringing bells alerting motorists to the fact a train is coming,” Ms Hunter said.

“There is no point playing chicken with an oncoming train. Waiting a few extra minutes at the level crossing is better than being hit.”

Ms Hunter said there was a $353 fine and three demerit points for those who disobeyed the signs.

“Be patient and wait for the train to pass, because you’re always going to come off second best,” she said.

“This applies to pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles. Obeying the signs and signals at level crossings isn’t optional and making a dash across the tracks to save yourself a few minutes isn’t worth the risk of losing your life.”