Keep your kids off the tracks

TONIGHT'S photograph of two schoolgirls walking along a rail line, ought to startle every parent. But that is not why we have shown the girls apparently enjoying a 'game'. It has been done so they can learn just how much danger they had placed themselves in when they wandered on to the tracks.

Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 9:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th October 2007, 10:45 am

Despite repeated calls from a passerby to get off the line, used by express trains at speeds of 100mph, they continued to stride along the sleepers, apparently counting them.

In other circumstances, this would be a perfectly innocent pastime. In reality, it is a deadly game which could not only have claimed the girls' lives but also put in danger many others.

We hope that when the children have been identified they can be made to see that their behaviour was far from innocent. We also hope that parents will speak to their youngsters and point out the hazards faced if they turn a railway line into a playground.

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