MOTORISTS have been reminded they could face $457 fines and three demerit points for dashing through a railway crossing as part of a safety campaign in Molong.
But that pales in comparison to the penalty of hitting a moving train.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Senior Sergeant Mick Timms said the blitz would take place in Molong between Monday, October 14 and Friday, October 25, to encourage motorists to "train to stop".
"Complacency is one thing we have found when we're looking at crashes involving people who have hit trains - they do often reside in fairly close proximity to level crossings," he said.
"People think they know the train timetables but trains might be running late and at certain times of the year, additional freight services can be run.
"Make sure you comply with the controls whether they be stop signs or flashing lights and make sure you're travelling at a safe enough speed so you can stop."
The operation will target its three level crossings at Castle Street, Peabody Road and Euchareena Road.
We had a three-and-a-half year period mid-decade where we didn't have any fatalities at level crossings and we certainly want to get back to thatSenior Sergeant Mick Timms
Senior Sergeant Timms said two fatalities had occurred in the western region in the past financial year and four out of five collisions with trains involved motorists driving work vehicles.
"The two fatalities did occur at stop signs where people for whatever reason have failed to heed those signs and have been hit by trains," he said.
"We had a three-and-a-half year period mid-decade where we didn't have any fatalities at level crossings and we certainly want to get back to that.
"Reinforce with your workers, don't rush to the other side."
The command has undertaken 30 operations across 100 sites since 2011 and Molong was next on the list.
Message signs are already in place, reminding drivers of the fines, and a letterbox drop has occurred.
Euchareena Road is currently the only one of the three with boom gates.
Transport for NSW western region director Alistair Lunn said efforts were being made to roll out boom gates across the state, but there were currently no plans for the remaining crossings.
Meanwhile, Senior Sergeant Timms said the motorists at Orange should be aware of short-stacking, where short roads leading to crossings could lead to cars queuing, not leaving enough room and being trapped when the boom gates fell.
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