Today a woman tragically died when she was crossing over train tracks. She did not use the pedestrian crossing. One train passed by and she ducked under the boom gates and did not notice a train coming the other way.
She made a terrible mistake which cost her her life.
But let me put forward this theory. People are now so protected by infrastructure, laws and rules, that they have lost the ability to look after themselves. I am not saying the infrastructure, laws and rules ought not be there, but at some point people must really take responsibility for their actions.
In the above case, the woman chose to ignore the infrastructure, laws and rules and do her own thing. I can understand this. How long before the next train arrives if she misses the train she was aiming to catch? But if you choose to ignore everything that is in place to protect you, then you really have take good care of yourself.
No doubt for decades people were crossing this railway line before any infrastructure was in place to protect them and no doubt many did it without incident. They simply looked left, looked right, no trains and crossed. It is not too hard for a pedestrian to see if there is a train coming.
The gates and rules are there to protect the stupid from themselves, drunks and kids who are not old enough to accurately asses risk. They are not to protect sensible people who are careful. Yet all the rules, the regulations and the infrastructure do not protect any of the aforementioned. They will just go around the gates.
Rather reminds me of the panic a year or so ago when a train travelled between stations with a door open. People were terrified of falling out. Yet, it is not so long ago that on a warm day older model trains would travel with all doors open, as did trams. I am sure there was on the odd occasion someone who fell out, but it was a very rare event. Now trains and trams cannot proceed unless the doors are closed and this causes a huge number of operational problems and delays.
Maybe the price is worth the safety value, but as the poor lady who was felled by a train today shows, you just cannot save people from themselves.