Cambridge police have launched a crackdown on cyclists and drivers who drive recklessly and jump level crossings in the area in order to prevent serious accidents on the road. A number of dangerous near-misses in the area has led to the decision, including an incident where a driver overtook traffic, driving on the wrong side of the road to cross the level crossing as the barriers were lowering. The driver was charged with careless driving after CCTV footage showed the incident and the driver was given a one month driving ban along with a £280 fine. Further footage of another incident showed a cyclist ignoring the level crossing barrier and narrowly escaped being crushed by a train. The cyclist was later cautioned for the incident where the train driver was forced to pull the emergency break.
British Transport Police have decided that a crackdown is needed to prevent potentially fatal accidents from occurring due to drivers breaking road traffic laws. Similar incidents have been seen on a daily basis by Transport Police where pedestrians and drivers have been misusing the crossings. As a result of the incidents, Operation Look has been launched and extra patrols by BTP officers and Network Rail will be made across the country. The focus will be on promoting safety on the roads but enforcement action will be taken when necessary.
Road traffic incidents and compensation
The number of people who jump level crossings is on the increase which means that there is a need for more education on safety in these areas. This may be the fault of a careless driver or cyclist and it could result in a serious accident or fatality. If you have been involved in a serious accident which was the fault of another driver, you may be able to win a compensation payout if you have been cautious while using the roads. If you have suffered an injury during the accident, you may be able to win some cash to help you cope with your suffering.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown