Following reports of thrill seekers taking risks by holding onto the back of speeding trains to take ‘selfies’, National Harm Prevention Charity, the TrackSAFE Foundation, sends a stern warning about the dangers surrounding this illegal act.
“This reckless new craze of holding onto the rear ledge of moving trains –all in the name of a selfie photo– has been dubbed ‘buffer riding’ and has rail employees, operators, and police authorities seriously concerned,” said Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation.
“The stupidity of this dangerous act cannot be understated. If you fall onto the tracks while a train is travelling at speed you could end up being critically injured or killed.
“With every near hit and collision, particularly a fatal collision, this has a profoundly traumatic and lasting impact on the train driver and crew involved, along with any community members who might be unfortunate enough to witness such an event.
“The ‘buffer riding craze’ has even prompted a carriage redesign in an attempt to prevent youths from riding on the back of trains, it’s a shame that it’s come to this rather than young people understanding the risks and consequences of their actions.
“Anyone who spots ‘buffer riding’ culprits is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000,” said Ms Frauenfelder.