Clampdown on people misusing crossings

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PEOPLE who risk their lives and the lives of others on railway crossings are being targeted by police.

British Transport Police says it deals with incidents every day in which pedestrians and motorists use crossings while trains are approaching.

Operation Look will see officers and colleagues from Network Rail carry out extra patrols across the region.

Officers will talk to pedestrians and drivers about the dangers and visit schools, youth clubs and businesses to warn people to use crossings safely.

Last year, 732 motorists were charged or summonsed for crossing misuse, a further 740 were issued with 
fixed penalty notices and 102 were cautioned for traffic offences.

Inspector Becky Warren, from BTP, said: ‘It’s important people realise there is a serious penalty to pay for crossing misuse.

‘However, while we will not hesitate to use the force of the law, we are also acutely aware of the need to promote safety at crossings through education.

‘We need drivers and pedestrians to realise level crossing misuse is a danger, not only to their safety, but the safety of others.’