Stark mes­sages in new rail safety drive

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

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.

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