Posted November 18, 2019 06:17:37 The Queensland Government is trying to put the brakes on the train hit and run incidents that have plagued the state in recent years.
Queensland’s new police commissioner has urged people to wear seatbelts when on the move, and to use caution around trains, in an attempt to reduce the number of train accidents.
More than 400 people were killed in train accidents in the state between April 1, 2016 and April 30, 2019, when at least five people died in collisions.
Police Commissioner Steve Garside has called for people to use seatbelting, particularly when travelling at speeds of 30 kilometres per hour, and for people with heavy equipment to be able to climb down from the tracks if necessary.
Mr Garsides comments came after a train collided with a car at the QEII station in Penrith on Tuesday night.
The train driver was not wearing a seatbelt, but was struck and killed by the train.
An inquest into the collision will take place in Brisbane on Thursday.
In 2016, Queensland Rail recorded 3,749 train collisions.
That’s up from 2,942 in 2017 and 1,854 in 2016.
Despite the numbers, the number is far lower than other states, with more than 4,500 train accidents and almost 8,000 deaths a year.
There are currently no plans to reduce train speeds.
Train safety expert, Professor Mike Rimmer from Curtin University, said that even if the number were to drop, it would be a short-term fix.
“It’s going to be a matter of when, not if, the state is going to reach that level of safety,” Professor Rimmer said.
Professor Rimmer has said that while the number can be reduced, it will take decades to achieve it.
He said that the number will be reached only after train speeds are increased.
Last month, Queensland Police Commissioner Steve Gardiner said the number would increase by 30 per cent by 2025.
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