Police are targeting risky driver behaviour at level crossings in support of a campaign in parts of the state’s Central West.
From Monday, April 9, there will be increased police patrols at level crossings in Manildra and nearby areas.
The campaign, aimed at increasing public safety around level crossings in the Central West will continue until Friday, April 20.
This is part of an ongoing series of awareness and enforcement campaigns relating to level crossings - a joint initiative 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 ignoring flashing lights/signs, speeding near level crossings and drivers who are distracted by illegal use of mobile phones.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said that the emerging issue being targeted in level crossing campaigns is speeding.
“Train Yourself to Stop is the police message for this year’s campaign and that also means slow down when approaching level crossings so that you can stop,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“Despite the high consequences, people are still ignoring warnings at level crossings with police issuing over 500 penalty notices for level crossing traffic offences in NSW last year.
Through the road safety campaign Towards Zero, the NSW Government is working hard to drive the road toll down by highlighting there is no acceptable number when it comes to deaths on NSW roads.
Residents living in nearby areas were informed of the enforcement period through letterbox drops.
Electronic billboards are also in the areas reminding motorists to take care at level crossings.
The penalty for disobeying controls is three demerit points and a $439 fine.