Taking selfies on a train track, teenagers take their lives into their own hands.
According to startling study, one in every four 12- to 17-year-olds knows someone who has trespassed on a railway track. Young people are more prone to stray across live lines because to boredom, a propensity of shooting selfies in risky places, and peer pressure from friends.
It comes after data revealed an alarming surge in trespassing on railway tracks, with certain lines witnessing a 138 percent increase in instances. Despite the risks, the research of 1,000 12- to 17-year-olds revealed that 36% had never discussed the consequences of walking across the tracks with their parents or guardians, and 19% stated no one had ever brought it up with them.
The train operator London North East Railway (LNER) has developed a set of an empty child’s bedroom that was abruptly left and never returned in reaction to the findings.
It’s designed to reflect the repercussions of trespassing on a railway track and losing one’s life.
From July 28 to August 3, “The Waiting Room” will be on display in Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping area.
The line between Newcastle and Darlington is one of the worst in the UK for trespassing, with 95 cases reported last year alone – an average of two per week.
The display is intended to make customers aware of the dangers and encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about them before the summer vacation.
Trespassing on railway tracks is a very real threat that kills those who take the risk. Warrick Dent, London North East Railway’s Safety and Operations Director, said: “As lockdown restrictions end and the school holidays begin, it’s our goal to do everything we can to protect our customers, colleagues, and communities from trespassing incidents on our route.”
“As a parent, I realize how tough it is to bring up the subject, but the statistics demonstrate that it is one that must be addressed.
“Railroad track trespassing is a very serious issue that kills people who put their lives in danger needlessly, and our research found that more needs to be done to educate people and encourage open talks between parents, guardians, and their children.
“Children are expected to spend more time at home during the summer holidays and are often bored, so we hope our installation encourages parents to stop and.”Brinkwire Summary News”.