Infrastructure minister Rene Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.INFRASTRACTURE Minister Rene Hidding has urged Tasmanians to heed the messages of National Rail Safety Week and take extra care at level crossings.
“Over the last two financial years, TasRail recorded more than 200 near misses at level crossings, a breathtaking figure by any standards,” Mr Hidding said.
Mr Hidding said it was crucial for Tasmanians to think about the effect risky behaviour behind the wheel has on train drivers.
“All too often train drivers witness dangerous or risky behaviour that puts the lives of many Tasmanians at risk.
“Every time a motorist or pedestrian decides to risk crossing the tracks in front of an oncoming train, there is a train driver fearing the worst.
“And when this unnecessary and illegal risk-taking results in inevitable serious injury or even death, train drivers are understandably left scarred by the experience.”
Mr Hidding said the state government wholeheartedly supported TasRail’s push to improve rail safety.
“The message to all road users is clear: when you approach a level crossing and a train is anywhere in the area, stop immediately,” he said.
“You might lose a minute but you will save your life, and you will certainly save a train driver a great deal of worry.”
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