Trespassing on the tracks can have serious consequences. So if you only get a fright, consider yourself lucky.
While it might seem harmless, there are a number of things that people just don’t factor into their split-second decision to take a short-cut. They may not have considered services approaching from the opposite direction, unlisted express services, the limited front-on sound of trains, or the height of platform. If you are caught out, it can seem like a train has come out of nowhere.
In the past 12 months, incidents of trespass in WA have increased by around 10 per cent. More than 500 incidents of trespass are recorded annually.
Trains are heavy vehicles that take a long time to stop.
In a train vs person incident, there’s no doubt that a person will always come off second best.
A short-cut is just not worth it.
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For more information about national Rail Safety Week, visit the TrackSAFE Foundation website.