Crossing vigilance urged

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Rail Safety Week drew to a close yesterday, but police are urging Waitakians to remain vigilant around railway tracks as there is a concerning number of near misses between trains and vehicles.

Rail Safety Week is an annual nationwide campaign focused on railway crossing and track safety. The campaign is to raise public awareness about rail safety to encourage behaviour change and reduce rail injuries, deaths and near collisions.

This year, people were being urged not to be a “dur brain” by trespassing on train tracks.

Highway patrol Sergeant Peter Muldrew said there were no real excuses for bad behaviour around railways, particularly at level crossings.

“Trains don’t swerve to hit cars, it’s their domain and we’re entering into it,” he said.

“Road users just have to pay attention and not be complacent.”

 

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