REGION - Police continue to be frustrated with the lack of commitment shown by some motorists who choose to simply ignore obeying the road rules.
A shocking example of this was shown during the two weekends of the Mininera Football finals' series, at the railway level crossing on the Mininera East Road near Mack Street, the road to the Mininera football and netball venues.
In 2005, an 18 year old Streatham man was killed when he collided with a train at the level crossing. A small white cross marks the place where he died.
On Saturday August 31, over 600 vehicles crossed the railway line and police had cause to speak to over 40 drivers about failing to stop at the stop sign. Numerous warnings were given out.
On the same day, a vehicle and train collision at a level crossing occurred at another location in the region.
Last Saturday, over 800 vehicles crossed the railway line and again police had cause to speak to over 30 drivers about failing to stop at the stop sign. Again, numerous warnings were given out.
Police have issued six official written warnings to some of these motorists.
Western Region Crime Prevention Officer Eddy Macdonald said he was gobsmacked by the amount of drivers who disobeyed the stop sign.
"I was speaking to a different driver every two to three minutes and during this even more drivers were failing to stop at the stop sign," he said.
"The penalty for failing to stop at a stop sign at a level crossing is $722 and four demerit points. The community has already suffered the tragic loss of a young person at that very spot, yet we continually saw drivers not obeying the signs."
Acting Sergeant Shaun Allen of the Northern Grampians Highway Patrol said if the road sign was stop, then all drivers must stop.
"Road signs and signals are not placed for you to make a choice. Be responsible and take care on the roads," he said.
Despite the obvious risks, each day police encounter motorists and pedestrians across the State who take risks around railway tracks and level crossings.
Police will continue to monitor and patrol around level crossings.