CCTV Visions Shows Melbourne Transport's Near-Misses
Victoria's Department of Transport has released CCTV footage of numerous lucky escapes on Melbourne's public transport system.
Clips show cars crossing into the path of trams, inebriated passengers falling on to train tracks and others endangering other passengers.
According to Yarra Tram, 70 percent of motorist collisions with trams are the result of drivers not looking when turning right, U-turning or merging.
In 2018, there were 1,122 car collisions with trams, a 37 percent increase from 2014, according to the Transport Safety Victoria Annual Tram Incidents report.
That's not including the 500 near-misses, Yarra Trams also reported.
Metro stations, trains and platforms are monitored by over 9000 24-hour CCTV cameras.
During the festive period, additional staff and Protective Services Officers will be on City Loop stations to help monitor crowds return home of an evening.
Even so, Jeroen Weimar, Head of Transport Services, has urged the public to take extra care over the Christmas and New Year period.
"People will be doing last-minute Christmas shopping, going to parties and spending time with family and we want you to arrive and return safely," he said in a statement.
"Look out for each other and be extra mindful of fellow drivers, passengers and road users."