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Saturday, September 22, 2018

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Public warned to Stay off the Tracks

The Public Transport Authority is reminding people to Stay off the Tracks after the number of reported incidents of trespass almost doubled this year.

A total of 412 reported trespass incidents have occurred so far this year on the Transperth network, significantly up on last year’s total of 220.

The PTA has launched a new branch of the highly-successful Stay off the Tracks campaign using urban art to share the rail safety message.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said it is worrying that people continue to ignore safety warnings and trespass on the rail network.

“It is illegal to be on train tracks unless you are walking across a pedestrian level crossing, or driving across a level crossing. If you enter the rail reserve or step on to the tracks for any other reason, it’s called trespass and the penalty is $200 or your life,” Mr Hynes said.

“There are no second chances when it comes to trains.”

Mr Hynes said local artist Drew Straker would paint a multi-dimensional replica of an oncoming train to engage passers-by at the front of Perth Station in the lead up to Christmas.

Staff will also be on hand to talk about rail safety with passengers and others in the city.

Stay off the Tracks is aligned with the PTA’s successful Right Track program, which aims to promote positive behaviour around the rail network through education campaigns, urban art projects, and other youth-oriented events.

This video was recently released as part of the campaign. For more information on the program, visit http://www.righttrack.wa.gov.au/

Media contact:  9326 2526 

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