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Teenagers are dicing with death by crossing train tracks illegally to get to school.
Metro Trains is beefing up security at several Melbourne stations to stop students putting their lives at risk just to save a few minutes.
The critical situation hit tipping point when footage emerged of several St Bede’s College students narrowly avoiding death after ignoring warning signals and running in front of a moving train at Parkdale station.
Video of the terrifying near-miss has been shown to St Bede’s students by a new taskforce made up of Metro Trains’ Community Education Unit and Victoria Police Transit Proactive Unit members.
The taskforce will patrol stations enforcing Operation Jet — an 11-week campaign to increase students’ awareness of safety at level crossings.
Metro officers will also speak at schools to highlight the dangers of risky behaviour on tracks.
According to Metro trains, more than 200 pedestrian incidents occur at level crossings each year including two near misses at Parkdale since July.
Metro Trains officer Luke Martin patrols Parkdale station as part of Operation Jet.The operation was launched at St Bede’s College due to the estimated 1500 students who use the notorious Parkdale level crossing.
Parkdale along with Berwick, Beaconsfield, Officer, Yarraville, Thornbury, Hoppers Crossing, Mentone, Prahran and Pascoe Vale are the top ten stations with the biggest number of dangerous incidents involving schoolchildren.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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