Train vandalism getting worse

17th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Despite a fall in the amount of vandalism, the seriousness of incidents on the nation's railways is worsening, the traffic safety inspectorate IVW said on Tuesday.

17 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Despite a fall in the amount of vandalism, the seriousness of incidents on the nation's railways is worsening, the traffic safety inspectorate IVW said on Tuesday.

Almost 2,700 trains were damaged by vandalism or collided or almost collided with objects that were intentionally left on tracks last year. There were 3,000 such incidents recorded in 2003.

For the first time in years, there were several incidents of attempted homicide last year. There were also 87 fires in trains and 12 drivers were injured.

The IVW said February was the worst month last year, blaming the large number of incidents on widespread media publicity. The number of serious incidents declined thereafter.

The spate of incidents in February started when a train collided with an unknown object and the driver was treated in hospital for eye injuries.

Network authority ProRail is now conducting inspections to ensure construction firms do not leave rubbish along railway lines.

Surveillance cameras are also being installed at various sections of the railway network to combat vandalism.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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