Video of Near-misses posted to Raise Awareness against stupidity

ProRail posted a video to raise awareness about the dangers of level crossing when a train is coming. Who knew we needed that? Well, apparently we do. Well done, humanity!

Awareness against level crossing

ProRail just launched a new campaign to warn against the danger of level crossings. The company is doing that by posting videos consisting of near-misses. According to ProRail, there were over 3,600 such incidents this year.

ProRail has stated multiple times that level crossing is extremely dangerous, especially if the barriers are down, but apparently the message is not quite hitting home. That is why they felt the need to post the videos, in order to show people how insanely dangerous it is. Now we are not sure if this is just an example of lack of self-preservation skills, or a whole different aspect of survival of the fittest (read smartest), but the videos are quite shocking!

In the first video, posted on Saturday, we see a cyclist crossing at an unguarded railway crossing. He first waits for a freight train to pass, and does not notice an intercity train coming from the other way. This video is as close to a recorded miracle as you’ll ever see!

In conclusion – don’t be stupid, stupid! How do you feel about ProRail’s campaign of near-misses? Let us know in the comments below!

Veronika Licheva
Living the short girl life in the land of giants. Veronika is a content creator who takes great interest in video, photography, and journalism. Her mission in The Netherlands is to build a vibrant and exciting career, while simultaneously petting as many dogs as possible.


  1. Cyclists in the Netherlands often behave like arrogant idiots. In the Netherlands the system favors cyclists above cars and even pedestrians. They act like they always have the right of way, and many of them are clueless about the rules of the road. I think it is time that cyclists need to get a licence to use their bicycles in public, just like car owners.

    • I don’t feel like cyclists get favored. The roads cater to all users in a mostly sensible and fair way. We actually get taught the rules in primary school, and in my school we even got tested on it, though I don’t know whether all schools do that. I agree that a lot of cyclists, and Dutchies in general, are idiotic assh*les, but whenever someone breaks the rules, I feel like it is because they think it won’t hurt anyone. I often get scolded because I follow the rules, and it inconveniences people (I mostly wait at crossings, even if the other roadusers want me to cross it). Just go with the flow, and if people get hurt, turn to the rules to see who to scold.


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