Educating road users at level crossings

Studies done using traffic counters in conjunction with inputs from the signalling system highlighted an alarming trend in the number of occurrences of road traffic entering level crossings while the flashing lights were activated. This prompted an initiative to modify road user behaviour by infringing drivers who incorrectly use the level crossings. A pilot scheme for the camera system was introduced involving installation at two sites with the intention of measuring the effectiveness of the system by its impact on the number of incidents occurring at those sites. The system detects any vehicles either within the crossing while the lights were flashing or remaining within the crossing conflict zone for an excessively long time. It captures images enabling identification of the vehicle's licence plate and driver. Traceability, integrity and security of the data was required to prove a chain of custody for the images allowing prosecution of offenders, with images of a high enough quality to ensure conviction in court. The trial systems at two level crossings on the Armadale line in Perth are currently used to issue caution notices, and will shortly be used to issues infringements and demerit points. The system has proved invaluable analysing and managing safety incidents at the two level crossings. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E218118.


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  • Pagination: 8P
  • Monograph Title: Rail: the core of integrated transport: CORE 2008: conference on railway engineering, 7-10 September 2008, Perth, Western Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01143940
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:15PM