Train drivers have compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous crossings in Queensland.
The list, published by rail safety organisation TrackSAFE, says four are located in the state's central region, at Blackwater, Dingo, Gracemere and Gladstone.
Australasian Railway Association spokesman Bryan Nye says the four in central Queensland are on coal rail lines and long coal trains cannot stop for motorists.
"Stopping a coal train - I think people assume the train will stop for them, but it takes a massive amount of effort - for kilometres - for a train to stop," he said.
"That's the concern - is that all the train driver can do is put the emergency brakes on and just wait."
Most of the others on the list are in the Brisbane area.
Mr Nye says no matter how the crossings are protected, some motorists are impatient.
"Train drivers often report that people go around boom gates, they go straight through the stop signs," he said.
"Part of what we're trying to emphasise is not only educate the train drivers to reduce the risk, but also to highlight to police areas they could do greater enforcement.
"You just do not take a risk at a level crossing because you'll come off second-best."
The RACQ has also pleaded with motorists not to take risks at level crossings.
RACQ spokesman Michael Roth says regional drivers need to be extra careful, because not as many trains are going through.
"You're not getting many trains through each day, but when you do, get a train it has a big impost to people trying to drive through that area," he said.
"Every now and again you do get people taking silly risks trying to get ahead of the train and that obviously creates some grief for the train drivers."
Mr Roth says more needs to be done, but admits it is not always practical to have road bridges across rail lines.
"There isn't enough traffic to justify that, but they do need to invest more in technology and other solutions to make sure motorists are well aware when a train is coming and to prevent those who may choose otherwise to take unnecessary risks," he said.
"The level crossing can be sending out a beacon of information that the car can get when ever a train is arriving.
"It's called 'intellimatics', where the car actually knows there's a train and can warn the drivers they need to stop.
"So there are solutions that we hope will be rolled out in the years ahead."