Extra police patrols at level crossings in South Yorkshire

A level crossing in Bentley
A level crossing in Bentley

Extra high visibility patrols are to be carried out at level crossings in a new operation aimed at driving down offending.

The week of action by British Transport Police officers started today, with the force revealing details of the number of offences recorded at level crossings in South Yorkshire.

There were 51 in Doncaster and six in Sheffield.

Inspector Pete Kooper said: “All too often people get into the habit of taking risks at crossings.

“It may be tempting to jump a light to shave a minute or two off your journey, but every time you do, you endanger your life and the lives of other road and rail users.

“Fail to obey the signals and you may also end up with a driving ban or a criminal record. Is it really worth the risk?”

Darren Furness, head of level crossings for Network Rail, said: “Level crossings create a risk for people that we want to remove.

“Where possible we close them, and we have already closed more than 900 in the past five years.

“Those we cannot close we aim to make safer and awareness events like these mean we can meet and talk to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about the dangers and how to stay safe.”