Motorist behaviour at level crossings: an exploratory study of experiences of train drivers

Safety related to level crossings has continued to be of concern to road and rail authorities for many years. As a result it has been included as a major action area in the National Railway Level Crossing Safety Strategy and the National Road Safety Action Plan 2003-2004 developed by the Australian Transport Council. A Commonwealth investigation of fatal crashes at railway level crossings has supported the notion that human fault is a high source of accidents. Based on an analysis of crashes spanning from 1988 to 1998, it was revealed that unlike other fatal road crashes, accidents at railway crossings were less likely to involve fatigue, speeding, drugs or alcohol. Instead these crashes were more likely to be attributed to driver error. The cost of these level crossing crashes in Australia in 1999 was estimated to be $32 million, with approximately $10 million due to crashes involving motor vehicles. However, this figure is thought to be significantly higher as collisions during 1999 were downby approximately 40%. With many level crossing deaths and injuries resulting in coronial inquests, litigation and negative media publicity, the actions of rail and road infrastructure providers and the behaviour of motorists, come under close scrutiny.

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  • Pagination: pp. 334-339
  • Monograph Title: Rail achieving growth: CORE 2006: conference on railway engineering, 30 April-3 May 2006, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:11PM