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Level crossing safety in spotlight as swerving drivers risk licence (video)

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Operator Network Rail has released footage showing a motorist putting their life and others at risk as they swerve at speed around safety barriers at a Black Country level crossing.

The driver of a silver Citroen is seen weaving between the barriers at Langley Green level crossing near Oldbury, on Friday February 3.

The reckless manoeuvre saw the speeding car narrowly miss two barriers as they lowered before speeding off.   

Ben Parish, route level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “This selfish driver had callous neglect for the safety of themselves and others by ignoring the barriers and signals. Level crossing barriers and warning lights are there to help road users, pedestrians and railway users stay safe. Misusing crossings in this way could result in serious injury or worse.

“I can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of sensible level crossing use. If anyone has any concerns about a level crossing I would urge them to contact us immediately.”

Inspector Dave Rams from BTP in Birmingham said: “Unfortunately, it has not been possible to identify the driver involved in this incident and we’d always urge anyone with information about level crossing misuse to contact us. 

“Busier level crossings have warning lights and ignoring them is dealt with the same as ignoring a red traffic light. You risk losing your licence, a £1000 fine and, in the most serious cases, charges such as dangerous driving. 

“Alongside Network Rail, we work around the year to encourage safer use of level crossings, including high visibility patrols and mobile camera operations to deter and catch offenders. I’d urge people to heed this warning and not risk their lives – or those of others – for the sake of waiting just a few moments for a train to pass.”  

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  • Winston - 17/02/2017 10:17

    There's probably a good case to install cameras that capture the driver and vehicle registration, so that prosecution can follow idiotic, and selfish behaviour. The cost of installation would be insignificant compared to the consequences of a collision with a train.

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