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Ignore warning signs at your peril, British Transport Police says

10th August 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls.

Members of the public who ignore warning signs at railway crossings are dicing with death, according to a member of the British Transport Police (BTP).

PC Ric Herbert, of the BTP, told the Chorley Guardian that people misusing rail crossings were taking "huge gambles", adding: "It appears that people are taking huge gambles at these crossings by ignoring the warning signs and trying to hurry across without paying full attention to the railway.

"Warning signs, gates and restrictions are put in place at crossings to make them safe for all to use. When these are ignored or used incorrectly what was a safe crossing becomes a potentially lethal access point to the railway."

The newspaper reports that rail crossings in Croston, Leyland and Rufford are particularly notorious for people ignoring safety signs and rushing across instead.

The BTP is now working with Network Rail to make pedestrians and motorists aware of the risks of such dangerous action and have recently been actively working to target problem spots.

Last month a survey of people in Scotland found that 86 per cent wanted barriers fitted to unmanned rail crossings.


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