HUNTER police are cracking down on risky behaviour at level crossings.
Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will focus on the intersections between trains and cars around the Upper Hunter, with Denman particularly in their cross-hairs.
Office of the National Raily Safety Regulator data indicates up to 10 ‘near hits’ occur at level crossings every month.
The NSW Police and Transport for NSWjoint effort includes enforcing signs, catching speeding drivers and detecting drivers using their mobile phones.
More than 480 penalty notices were issued for level crossing offences last financial year.
Traffic and Highway Patrol campaign co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Mick Timms said the figure was trending up.
“Even with the inherent dangers involved, we still see a disappointing number of people ignoring safety warnings and controls at NSW level crossings,” he said.
“These campaigns remind drivers to take extreme care at level crossings and not become complacent, as a single moment of distraction or recklessness could cost them their life.”
The #tracksmeantrains campaign will run until December 4.