Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Railway Russian Roulette; Transport, RACQ Officials Aghast at Stupidity of 285 near Misses

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Railway Russian Roulette; Transport, RACQ Officials Aghast at Stupidity of 285 near Misses

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Adam Davies

Newsdesk

THERE have been 285 near-misses at railway crossings across the state over the past year with regional areas making up a large proportion of the number.

Queenslanders are being urged to take care in light of shocking new footage which shows motorists and pedestrians gambling with their lives on the rail network.

RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said there was no excuse for driving past the flashing lights or around a boom gate.

"You are not just breaking the road rules but you are also placing yourself and your passengers in a dangerous situation and possibly risking the lives of those on board the train," Mr Spalding said yesterday.

"No train driver should have to be confronted with a situation where they are unable to stop because of the careless actions of a motorist or a truck driver."

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said although the number of near misses had dropped by 27% too many people were taking senseless risks at rail crossings. …

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