POLICE CRACKING DOWN ON RISKY BEHAVIOUR AT LEVEL CROSSINGS

Police are targeting risky behaviour at level crossings in the Hunter.

It comes less than 24 hours after a male driver was fatally struck by a passenger train near Narrabri in the state’s north west.

Police say during their most recent campaign in Tamworth, they witnessed a driver stop on the tracks for six seconds, waiting for traffic ahead to clear.

That driver was also unlicensed.

According to Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Michael Corboy, between July 2008 and June 2018, there were 67 collisions between trains and cars at level crossings, resulting in five people losing their lives.

There’ll be increased patrolling at level crossings starting today.

They’re asking motorists to obey level crossing flashing lights and stop signs, not to speed or queue over railway tracks, and they’ll also be watching out for drivers using mobile phones.

The penalty for disobeying controls is three demerit points and a $448 fine.