Rogue rail activity clampdown

Police and Network Rail employees check traffic at Bentley level crossing.
Police and Network Rail employees check traffic at Bentley level crossing.

People who misuse railway crossings In Doncaster are being targeted by British Transport Police as part of a crackdown.

Officers said pedestrians and motorist were putting their lives and the lives of rail passengers and staff at risk on a daily basis by misusing crossings.

Now BTP officers and colleagues from Network Rail are carrying out extra patrols as part of Operation Lock – a week of action that started yesterday.

The crackdown comes after it was revealed between April 1, 2013 and March 31 this year 732 motorists were charged or summonsed for crossing misuse.

A further 740 were issued with fixed penalty notices, and 102 cautioned for traffic offences.

A further 2,125 drivers were sent on safety-awareness courses.

Officers will talk to pedestrians and drivers about the dangers of crossing misuse as well as visiting schools, youth clubs and businesses.

Officers were speaking to residents passing through Dock Hills and Moat Hill Crossings yesterday between 4pm and 9pm.

Patrols will also be taking place at Daw Lane Crossing, Arksey, between 11am and 7pm on Friday where a level crossing enforcement vehicle will be on site.

Inspector Peter Kooper said: “It is 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.

“We work closely with our partners at Network Rail, as well as colleagues across other police forces, to ensure crossings remain as safe as possible and will spend much of this week of action talking to people who use level crossings on a daily basis.”

Darren Furness, head of level crossings for Network Rail said: “Waiting at a crossing can be frustrating, but motorists who jump the lights or try and weave around a barrier for the sake of a few minutes, risk their lives and the lives of others.”