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Police To Crackdown On Obscure Road Rule Could Cost You $448

In a new initiative NSW Police have announced they will be cracking down on motorists who fail to leave a 20 metre distance when stopping at train tracks.

And if you're found to be breaking this little known rule you could be fined $448 AND lose three demerit points.

The crackdown is part of new awareness and enforcement campaigns being rolled out by NSW Police and the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

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Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's acting Assistant Commissioner, Greg Rolph, told news.com.au that there have been two incidents in the last month alone.

'In one case, a boom gate came down on the cabin of a truck, and it was only good fortune that the vehicle involved was able to clear the tracks before trains appeared,' Mr Rolph said.

'This is why we need to continue running these localised campaigns and reinforce our Train to Stop message to motorists at level crossings.'

Since July 2001, there have been 144 collisions between trains and road vehicles at NSW level crossings.

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Using Level Crossings

Ensure that you are not distracted by your mobile phone and remove headphones.

Obey the safety signs at every railway crossing and cross at marked crossings only.

Stay on the path.

Listen and look in both directions for approaching trains.

If the red lights are flashing or the gate is closed, a train is coming so keep clear of the tracks.

Never jump fences, gates or barriers. This is extremely dangerous and it is very likely the oncoming train is close to the crossing.

If a train is coming, wait for it to pass and then stop, look and listen again before crossing as another train may be approaching.

You might not hear a train, especially when using your earphones or mobile phone.

Never assume a train is a long way off.

Don't ride bicycles, skateboards, skates or roller-blades across any pedestrian crossing.

Never assume that it is safe to cross when the lights are still flashing.

Even if a train has passed, there may be another train coming in the other direction.

Only enter the crossing when the lights have stopped flashing or the gate has opened.

Source: Transport NSW

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