Look! Don’t risk it! Crossing misuse endangers
Motorists and pedestrians are still risking
their lives and those of other road and rail users by routinely
ignoring basic safety at level crossings.
'Operation Look' featured on the
BBC's The One
Show on Monday, 16 February from 7pm.
Officers carried out additional
high-visibility patrols at crossings in a week of action which
started on Monday, 2 February 2015.
‘Operation Look’ saw BTP joined by Network Rail colleagues
in an awareness campaign backed by the AA and the RAC. We will
be releasing a number of clips of incidents at level crossings to
coincide with the week of action.
Inspector Becky Warren 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
Officers fleet of Mobile Safety Vehicles
where stationed at crossings across the country during the week.
The vans utilise the latest in Automatic Number Plate Recognition,
allowing us to monitor crossings more closely than ever before.
Darren Furness, head of level crossings for
Network Rail said: "Level crossings create a risk for people that
we want to remove. Where possible we close them, and we have
already closed more than 900 in the past five years.
“Those we cannot close we aim to make safer
and awareness events like these mean we can meet and talk to
motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about the dangers and how to
Level Crossing Safety page for more information.