QR National is staggered by the behaviour of motorists at level crossings.
On Monday, the first day of National Rail Safety Week, QR National surveillance cameras captured this motorist in Central Queensland weaving around the lowered boom gates and lights clearly flashing.
QR National’s chief safety, health and environment officer Neil Backer said it was unbelievable that people were still risking their lives to save what may only be a matter of seconds.
“Not only is this person taking a grave risk but they should also be getting an infringement notice in the mail from the local police,” Mr Backer said.
QR National supplies all these photographs to Queensland Police as part of its co-ordinated effort to reduce accidents and the road toll.
There have been more than 60 incidents in 2011 in which trains have come close to colliding with vehicles on the QR National rail network with the most recent a near miss at Gracemere last week.
The QR National network covers the coal export tracks in central Queensland, to ports at Abbott Point, Hay Point near Mackay and Gladstone.
“This rail safety awareness week is about reminding people about correct behaviour at and around rail crossings,” Mr Backer said.
National Rail Safety Week, which started on Monday, provides a timely reminder that people are still taking too many unnecessary risks when it comes to their lives and the lives of train drivers.
On QR National tracks in Central Queensland coal trains do not stick to timetables so people should never assume they know when the trains are due.