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WATCH: Shocking video of near misses at level crossings

British Transport Police release footage as part of campaign to warn people not to risk their lives on the railways

Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are still gambling with their lives at level crossings, British Transport Police has warned.

Extraordinary footage of people dicing with death as crossing barriers come down have been released by the force.

One clip shows a man wander up to the closed barriers, apparently look both ways, and amble across the railway lines. Seconds later a train roars past.

Another clip shows a cyclist ignore a stop signal – and getting knocked off his bike by the falling barriers.

British Transport Police are this week carrying out high-visibility patrols at crossings throughout Yorkshire.

Operation Look is also supported by Network Rail and motoring organisations the AA and the RAC.

Between April 1 2014 and January 1 2015, 400 motorists were charged or summonsed for crossing misuse, a further 357 received fixed penalty notices, 16 were cautioned and 568 were sent on driver awareness courses.

In the same period, transport police officers dealt with drivers aged between 17 and 90 for crossing misuse.

Insp Pete Kooper, of British Transport Police, said: “All too often people get into the habit of taking risks at crossings. Our message is simple – use crossings safely.

“It may be tempting to jump a light to shave a minute or two off your journey, but every time you do, you endanger your life and the lives of other road and rail users.

“Fail to obey the signals and you may also end up with a driving ban or a criminal record. Is it really worth the risk?”


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