Video: People gambling with their lives at railway crossings
THERE have been 285 near-misses at railway crossings across the state over the past year with regional areas making up a large proportion of the number.
Queenslanders are being urged to take care in light of shocking new footage which shows motorists and pedestrians gambling with their lives on the rail network.
RACQ executive manager of technical and safety policy Steve Spalding said on Wednesday there was no excuse for driving past the flashing lights or around a boom gate.
"You are not just breaking the road rules but you are also placing yourself and your passengers in a dangerous situation and possibly risking the lives of those on board the train," he said.
"No train driver should have to be confronted with a situation where they are unable to stop because of the careless actions of a motorist or a truck driver."
Transport Minister Scott Emerson said although the number of near misses had dropped by 27% too many people were taking senseless risks at rail crossings.
"Improving the safety of all Queenslanders is our top priority and I urge reckless individuals to stop taking senseless risks and endangering the lives of others," he said.
"Pedestrians caught ignoring railway crossing protection could cop an on the spot fine of $220 and offending motorists could face a $330 penalty and three demerit points."
Mr Emerson said motorists who damage railway crossings can also be fined up to $8800.
He said since July, 2013, Queensland Rail had successfully recovered more than $239,000 in repair costs that would otherwise be borne by taxpayers.
NEAR MISSES AT RAILWAY CROSSING IN 2013
South-east Queensland: 164
South-west Queensland: 54
North-west Queensland: 13
Central Queensland: 3
Mackay and Whitsunday: 5
Wide Bay: 2
Sunshine Coast and Gympie: 3
Central West: 4
North Queensland: 28
Far North Queensland and Tablelands: 10