Trains Can’t Stop Quickly. You Can.


The Trains Can’t Stop Quickly. You Can. campaign aims to prevent future collisions and near miss incidents involving motorists at railway level crossings throughout Queensland.

The issue

Motorists who engage in risk-taking behaviour at level crossings is an ongoing issue faced by Queensland Rail. Trains do not have the ability to swerve or stop quickly and it can take a loaded freight train up to two kilometers to stop in an emergency. Level crossing incidents involving motorists carry a high risk of serious injury or worse, death.

During the 2019-20 financial year, Queensland Rail recorded seven collisions and is committed to improving safety at level crossings through investment in education, engineering upgrades and working with the Queensland Police Service on enforcement. However, motorists have a pivotal role to play in obeying the signs and signals in place. Keeping level crossing safety at the forefront of the communities’ mind is essential to avoid incidents and save lives.

The campaign

The Trains Can’t Stop Quickly. You Can. campaign launched during National Road Safety Week 2020 and aims to remind motorists that it is important to observe all signs and signals at level crossings which are in place to keep them safe. A near miss or collision affects not only the motorist involved, but also their family and friends, train crew, first responders, emergency services and train passengers.

Our Train Drivers have a message for you, about the consequences of taking risks at level crossings.

Hear Ted's story of what it's like to experience a level crossing collision.

Avoid unnecessary injuries and please travel with care on our network.

Pedestrians and motorists are reminded to obey all signs and signals at level crossings as trains can’t stop quickly or swerve to avoid a collision.

Interesting facts

  • There are over 1,200 public level crossings in Queensland and all have some form of protection including boom gates, warning signs, flashing lights, or signage.
  • Passenger trains in Queensland can travel up to 160km/h and can take over one kilometre to stop in an emergency.
  • Drivers disobeying warning lights at a level crossing can be fined $400 and three demerit points.

Learn more about level crossing safety