Central West motorists are reminded to put safety first by slowing down and looking before driving through a level crossing as part of a two-week blitz in the region.
NSW Nationals Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole said those who gambled with their safety could face three demerit points and a $457 fine.
“There is no excuse for putting yours and other lives on the line at level crossings,” Mr Toole said.
“Trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour and can take up to one and a half kilometres to come to a stop at a level crossing.
“What this means, is often by the time they see you, it’s too late. It’s important for drivers, riders and pedestrians to obey all signs, flashing lights, boom gates and markings.”
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said despite the consequences, people were still ignoring warnings.
“Ignoring the signs and playing chicken with a train can have catastrophic consequences,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“It can have tragic outcomes for motorists and their passengers, but can also have lifelong impacts on train drivers and crews.
“This is why we need to continue running these localised campaigns and reinforce our Train to Stop message to motorists.”
Police officers will patrol three level crossings in Bathurst, Perthville and Georges Plains from Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 13 to ensure road and rail users remain safe.
Between July 2008 and September 2019 there have been 75 collisions between trains and cars at level crossings, resulting in eight fatalities.
In the past two years, NSW Police have issued almost 1000 penalty notices for level crossing traffic offences.