Taking Chances

This article summarizes some statistics concerning fatalities at level railroad crossings in the UK. The vast majority of these crossings are unmanned and unprotected. Although most of these are located on private property with limited or no public access, about 1,500 are on public roads. More than 95% of accidents at level crossings are caused by misuse, such as drivers ignoring warning signals or dodging barriers. Statistics indicate that at least 4 pedestrians and drivers risk their lives at level crossings each day through misuse. On average, one person a month is killed, excluding suicides. This number has improved only slightly over the last 20 years, despite numerous safety campaigns and education programs. Although some groups have called for the elimination of level crossings or the development of obstacle detection systems, there is much debate on what is an acceptable level of risk.


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  • Accession Number: 01046542
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2007 9:42PM