Video: Shocking near misses at rail crossings

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British Transport Police in the Portsmouth area today joined a national safety campaign using shocking footage of near misses at railway crossings.

Officers will be carrying out additional high-visibility patrols at a number of locations during a week of action.

The operation will see BTP joined by Network Rail in an awareness campaign - which is backed by motoring organisations, the RAC and the AA.

As part of the safety campaign, BTP issued a video compilation of three incidents - at Dalcross, near Inverness, Spondon in Derbyshire, and at Narborough in Leicestershire - that show what lengths people go to to save just a few seconds, risking their lives and those of others in the process.

Inspector Becky Warren, from BTP, said: ‘All too often people get into the habit of taking risks at crossings and 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.’