Police crackdown on crossing misuse in South Yorkshire

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

Officers said pedestrians and motorists were putting their lives and the lives of rail passengers and staff at risk 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, while 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.

Inspector Peter Kooper said: “We need drivers and pedestrians to realise level crossing misuse is a danger, not only to their safety, but the safety of others.”