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Berwick, Beaconsfield and Officer are among the state’s most dangerous railway stations for children, who are reportedly acting dangerously and playing Russian roulette with their lives.

It coincides with the launch of a new Metro Trains initiative this month, designed to educate youngsters of the consequences of acting recklessly near level crossings.

According to statistics, more than 200 pedestrian incidents are reported on the rail corridor every year.

Victoria Police have identified the top five, consisting of Berwick, Parkdale, Beaconsfield, Officer and Yarraville.

Police, Protective Services Officers and Metro staff will conduct a number of school visits across Casey-Cardinia over the next three months to discuss rail safety.

Victorian Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said the initiative was aimed at reducing the prevalence of people getting struck by trains each year.

“We know how dangerous level crossings can be – particularly for young children as they’re heading to and from school,” she said.

‘This taskforce is all about educating our school communities, empowering young people to make a positive change in their behaviour, and most importantly saving lives.

“Educating kids about safety will ensure they’re more aware around aware around trains and can be a role model to their mates.”

The taskforce will call on students to take the pledge and promise to be safe around trains – with signed posters to be put up at local stations.