Apparently one in seven drivers fail to wait for the gate or barrier to open before rushing through

 

Network Rail have released terrifying videos showing near-misses on level crossings.

As part of their new research, Network Rail can now reveal that one in seven drivers fail to wait for the gate or barrier to open when at level crossings, rushing through before it’s safe to do so.

In one of the video clips, a truck can be seen getting stuck on the tracks just moments before a train comes speeding through.

Apparently one in seven drivers fail to wait for the gate or barrier to open before rushing through

Terrifying videos released by Network Rail showing near-misses on level crossings © Copyright Stephen Armstrong and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

According to the study, over the last five years six people have died in their vehicle at a level crossing, whilst many more have been left hurt or injured.

Some of the clips captured by Network Rail and the British Transport Police show some really terrifying moments where drivers in both cars and trucks speed through or get stuck on the tracks just seconds before a train comes flying along.

In some of the clips, cars can be seen flying across the train tracks just moments before a train comes speeding through, basically avoiding death by a few inches.

And in some video footage, vehicles can be seen barging into the barriers in an effort to get through the level crossing in a hurry, whilst one clip shows a car reversing backwards in panic but then crashes into the vehicle sat behind.

“It’s clear that there is a lack of knowledge around how dangerous railway crossings can be,” said Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety at Network Rail, adding: “We are seeing drivers take risks at level crossings every day – putting themselves and others in danger. Nothing is worth risking your life over, just to save a few minutes of time.”

Over £100m has been invested as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan to improve safety at level crossings throughout the country but drivers need to also ensure they stop at level crossings as they are supposed to.

Drivers by law must remain behind the barrier until it is safe to cross, paying attention at all times to the warnings.

“We run a number of activities at level crossings throughout the UK,” said Inspector Becky Warren from British Transport Police, adding: “We want to raise awareness, help to educate drivers in how best to use level crossings and the potential dangers and consequences of deliberate miss use.”

Not stopping at a level crossing when the lights tell you to do so, or even worse speeding through when the barriers are coming down, puts yourself and other people in danger but can also lead to prosecution.

 

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