Driv­ers blamed for near misses

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Dan­ger­ous driv­ing is to blame for a spate of near collisions be­tween mo­torists and trains at level cross­ings, Ki­wiRail chief ex­ec­u­tive Jim Quinn says.

Since Jan­uary train driv­ers have re­ported 19 in­ci­dents at level cross­ings where mo­torists have crossed in front of ap­proach­ing trains.

Twelve of these were at cross­ings pro­tected by flash­ing lights and bells.

One of these in­ci­dents oc­curred at Ge­orge St in Eden Ter­race in late Jan­uary.

The driver crossed de­spite the fact bar­ri­ers were down to in­di­cate a train was ap­proach­ing.

Road­works were in progress at the time and the driver also ig­nored a con­struc­tion worker who was hold­ing up a stop sign.

In four other in­ci­dents mo­torists de­lib­er­ately drove around ve­hi­cles which had al­ready stopped at the cross­ing and in one sit­u­a­tion the mo­torist had to swerve to avoid the train.

Level cross­ing alarms and signs are there for the safety of mo­torists and driv­ers can be pros­e­cuted for fail­ing to stop, In­spec­tor Mark Sta­bles says.

‘‘We urge mo­torists to heed the level cross­ing alarms, never en­ter a cross­ing if they can see a train ap­proach­ing, but be pa­tient and wait for it to pass.’’

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