New roadside campaign

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A new level crossing roadside safety campaign has been launched in the Central North Island by rail safety charitable trust TrackSAFE NZ.

TrackSAFE NZ Manager Megan Drayton says the campaign started last week and aims to prevent near collisions and collisions between vehicles and trains.

“Around half of the signs have the message “See Tracks Thinks Train” which aims to remind motorists to always look for trains as they approach a level crossing.

“The remaining signs have the message:  “I can’t stop, you can”. 

“Sometimes people need to understand that trains can’t stop in a hurry, and that is one of the reasons they always have the legal right of way over cars and people at every level crossing.”

Ms Drayton says the campaign has used an image of an actual locomotive engineer (train driver) on the road signs to remind motorists that behind the train is someone who is just doing their job.

“Train drivers find it very stressful witnessing drivers not stopping at flashing lights or trying to race the train, so we wanted this campaign to personalise the train,” she says.

The new safety designs have been installed at 11 different sites including Dannevirke, Woodville, Levin, Shannon, Mangaweka and Tangiwai.

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