Annual community awareness week, Rail Safety Week, is being celebrated right across Australia and New Zealand running 13 until 19 August.
More than 70 rail, police and government organisations from across Australia and New Zealand have joined the TrackSAFE Foundation in celebrating Rail Safety Week, said the Honourable Tim Fischer AC, TrackSAFE Patron.
“Community members will once again be able to engage in free public events all with a strong rail safety theme, from police bands and demonstrations at rail stations and level crossings to BBQs and a special visit from Thomas the Tank Engine in Sydney.
“Volunteers from the rail industry are cued to visit thousands of school students in metropolitan, regional and rural areas throughout the week. Events such as these are important and effective for sharing rail safety knowledge, insight and experiences.
“Rail Safety Week is all about drawing attention to the behaviours that could lead to incidents on the rail network – and these behaviours are seemingly innocuous, such as looking at screens, not removing earphones or taking shortcuts across tracks. However all of these actions could lead to deadly consequences.
“The safety messages we continue to push as part of Rail Safety Week are not new, but they continue to be the driving force behind incidents on our railways. We’re urging members of the public to take responsibility for their actions when on and around the rail network, I encourage individuals to take the time to tell a personal story and share rail safety tips with friends and family members.
“Together we can make a difference and reduce the number of incidents happening on our rail network – rail safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr Fischer.