Cheltenham motorists 'risking their lives'
MOTORISTS in Cheltenham have been risking their lives by ignoring train crossing.
Three drivers will be issued with notices of intended prosecution by British Transport Police after a crackdown on those misusing the crossing.
It follows a campaign on September 19 by transport police, Network Rail staff and staff from train operator First Great Western at the Alstone Crossing.
Police are also concerned about problems at Alstone Lane, as well as Horton Road in Gloucester.
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Transport PC Alan Fishpool said: "For some reason, some drivers and some people crossing on foot seem only too happy to take risks at these level crossings just to shave a few seconds off their journey times.
"No amount of time saved is worth putting lives at risk - yet this is exactly what some motorists and members of the public seem prepared to do. "All too often we find that it seems to be falling on deaf ears."
Liz Heading, Network Rail community safety manger, added: "Jumping the barriers and ignoring warning signs is sadly a sight we see all too often, and in many cases with tragic outcomes.
"Level crossings are safe but, if misused, they all pose very real risks. We're driving home the message that misusing a level crossing is just not worth it.
"By trying to save a few seconds, you could end up losing your life."