Report recommends lower speed limit at crossings
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/...ion=justin

dateline= Wrote:A federal parliamentary report has recommended a compulsory speed limit where major highways intersect with level crossings.

The bipartisan committee wants an 80 kilometre per hour speed limit after finding the number of collisions is \"unacceptably high\".

The report was tabled in Parliament last night and will now be considered by Federal Roads Minister Anthony Albanese.

The committee's chairwoman, Labor MP Catherine King, says a lower speed limit would lead to fewer accidents.

\"A speed limit actually does force people to slow down,\" she said.

\"They may need to be a bit more conscious of what they're actually doing, so the speed limit is part of a behavioural change tactic.

\"We really did want to make it clear that there is no one easy fix to this problem and that there is a multitude of things that need to be done.

\"We were attracted to the approach that was focused on education, that looked at enforcement, and at the engineering solutions.\"
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Yeah that'll work. We all know how diligently everyone obeys speed limits.

Like the new 60 signs on the approach to the Cairns Northern beaches roundabouts for instance.

FFS, they are hardly affective at protecting workers at road work sites around the place. On a side note I love dilligently obeying worksite speed limits because it thoroughly pisses off the impatient turds that get stuck behind you.

Anyway back on topic, if it is enforced, then I guess its a start.
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Whilst I know what Mike is saying about obedience to speed limits, I have been surprised that this has not been introduced previously. At least it is yet another law for the idiots to disobey as they hurtle headlong to their inevitable demise... :fishing :evil
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#4
Yeah, but will they (the speed limits) be policed?
Will the coppers actually sit there and book people for disobeying?
Will the extra cost of fixed speed cameras be required to avoid a copper sitting there all day/night?

I'm not convinced.

Changing the speed limit from 100 to 80 won't make the majority sit up and pay attention to the railway crossing ahead.
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#5
This will get howled down vociferously by the unwashed masses.
Why penalise them every time they encounter a major LX, when in the overall scheme of things a LX (eg the one where the recent double Traincrew fatality occured) is used by trains for about 6 minutes in a 24 hour period (providing there are 8 movements per day).
That's [sup]1[/sup]/[sub]240[/sub]th of a day.
Not a very persuasive argument, unfortunately.
#6
Put a traffic light at each location. Road vehicles must come to a stop, contact the area controller by telephone, and if permission is granted to cross the crossing, they have to pull a lever which will change the lights. Lights will automatically reset after the passage of the road vehicle.

Do this and they'll replace the crossings very quickly.
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(24-Jun-2009, 01:15 AM)Trampanto link Wrote:Put a traffic light at each location. Road vehicles must come to a stop, contact the area controller by telephone, and if permission is granted to cross the crossing, they have to pull a lever which will change the lights. Lights will automatically reset after the passage of the road vehicle.
Nah, I prefer 3m high heavy steel barriers that rise from the ground on approach to the crossing by a train and remain in place until 5 minutes after the train has cleared the crossing! [Image: 177_polizei.gif] :evil

This will also stop the :dribblers from [Image: 12_1_140.gif] at crossings!

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#8
Graham,
I was thinking concrete, and comes up 3 secs after lights start to flash (time between amber and red) and goes down immeadiately trains has cleared crossing.

In fact maybe this would ba a great deterent at all road traffic lights aswell.....

One day I'll stop procrastinating.... one day....
#9
Great idea Adam!
Let's trial it at a few of those level crossings through Dalby.
Cheers,
PB75.

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#10
Why not make it open season for shooters at crossing, any car that runs a red light they take pot shots at. a new version of clay target shooting. :thumb1 Wink
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