A SHOCKING video has been released showing a motorist putting their life at risk as they swerve at speed around safety barriers at Langley Green level crossing on the Stourbridge to Birmingham line.
The driver of a silver Citroen is seen shamelessly weaving between the barriers at Langley Green level crossing near Oldbury, on Friday, February 3.
The reckless manoeuvre saw the speeding car narrowly miss two barriers as they lowered before speeding off. Ben Parish, route level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “This selfish driver had callous neglect for the safety of themselves and others by ignoring the barriers and signals. Level crossing barriers and warning lights are there to help road users, pedestrians and railway users stay safe.
"Misusing crossings in this way could result in serious injury or worse.
“I can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of sensible level crossing use. If anyone has any concerns about a level crossing I would urge them to contact us immediately.”
Inspector Dave Rams from BTP in Birmingham said: “Unfortunately, it has not been possible to identify the driver involved in this incident and we’d always urge anyone with information about level crossing misuse to contact us.
“Busier level crossings have warning lights and ignoring them is dealt with the same as ignoring a red traffic light. You risk losing your licence, a £1000 fine and, in the most serious cases, charges such as dangerous driving.
“Alongside Network Rail, we work around the year to encourage safer use of level crossings, including high visibility patrols and mobile camera operations to deter and catch offenders. I’d urge people to heed this warning and not risk their lives – or those of others – for the sake of waiting just a few moments for a train to pass.”
To report incidents like this or any other railway-related crime contact Network 24 hours-a-day on 03457 11 41 41.
For more information on level crossings visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossings.