|Installing cameras at road-railway crossings is a necessary precaution to limit unsafe situations. — Photo baotintuc.vn|
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Railway is planning to run a pilot programme, installing cameras at road-railway crossings to catch violations and reduce number of accidents when trains pass.
Several accidents have occurred at road-railway crossings recently due to careless automobile drivers with poor observation skills.
Typically, the five-kilometre railway section in Hà Nội’s Thường Tín District sees heavy traffic every day from goods-transporting vehicles. When a train passes, warning signals and safeguards work effectively to stop vehicles, but many of them intentionally bypass these, especially at night.
With this in mind, the railway decided that installing cameras was a necessary precaution.
Trương Bình, deputy director of the Technology and Safety Division of the Hà Nội Railway Signal and Telecom Joint-stock Company, said many road vehicles, especially cars, were driven carelessly, crashing into and damaging railway equipment, including warning signals and barriers, causing heavy losses for the railway.
When monitoring the cameras, if the railway managers notice a problem, they can assign workers to visit the scene and quickly resolve the situation, he said. — VNS