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Drivers warned over ignoring rail traffic barriers

Drivers warned over ignoring rail traffic barriers
Police have said it is "chilling" that motorists are habitually ignoring traffic barriers at a railway level crossing in Broughty Ferry.

Since mid-February, British Transport Police (BTP) has been running an initiative to monitor driver behaviour at the crossing in response to motorists driving over it when the barriers were in the process of being lowered.

The force said 56 offences had been recorded during the process and 31 people reported to the procurator fiscal.

Inspector Angela McGregor of BTP said: "These figures are chilling.

"Hopefully by drawing attention to these reckless acts, drivers will get the message that it's just not worth risking lives by trying to save a few seconds."

Mark Henderson, Network Rail community safety manager for Scotland, said: "Misuse of crossings is the biggest outside risk to railway safety and we will always seek to help identify and prosecute those who abuse our infrastructure."

BTP also warned that its operation to record and detect offenders will remain open-ended.

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Date: 28/04/2011 17:51:08

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