Stark messages in new rail safety drive
THERE were five deaths and 33 rail-related near misses on the Transperth rail network during the last financial year.
To combat the problem, the state government has launched a new campaign, called Stay Off The Tracks, during rail safety week to increase passenger safety.
The posters aim to educate passengers about alternatives to risky behaviour which have previously caused accidents.
These include calling a transit officer instead of retrieving a dropped phone yourself to make passengers think about the physical and emotional consequences of being hit by a train. It also calls for the public to report anti-social behaviours such as graffiti.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the campaign had been rolled out on the Armadale train line and would be expanded to other lines.
All activity is monitored by the Public Transport Authority's (PTA) closed-circuit television system, regarded as the best in Australia for public transport.
The PTA has 12,000 cameras, including 1700 which are checked all day, every day in the PTA’s central monitoring room.
“That absent-minded decision to jump down on to the tracks to pick up a dropped phone or rush through a closing pedestrian gate because you are late for a meeting, could cause serious injury and have life changing consequences,” Mr Nalder said.
The campaign posters will be displayed at pedestrian crossings, fencing, station platforms, seats and walls.
One poster shows a one-armed basketballer after a rail accident, while another states: “Our CCTV cameras can see the pimples on your face. Imagine how easily we can see you crossing the tracks.”
The third simply states: “We’d rather pick up your phone than what’s left of you.”
One of the newly-erected railway safety signs at Burswood aimed at reducing death and injuries at railway stations.