Be Safe around Trains! – level 3

15-03-2022 15:00

The British Transport Police released frightening footage of people dicing with death by level crossings.

In the first clip, a pedestrian in Scotland casually walks around a crossing with two half barriers quite clearly in place. He reaches safety in seconds before a train goes through. Another clip shows a barrier crossing coming down and knocking a cyclist off his bike after he had seemed to ignore a warning light in England. A third video shows a driver finding herself on the rail track after the barriers had come down. She then drives backwards and forwards, trying to get to safety.

Those involved in the footage were all very lucky not to be hurt, but the female driver was fined and given six points on her licence. A campaign called Operation Look released the clips to raise awareness. British Transport Police and Network Rail launched the campaign.

Difficult words: dice with death (put yourself in a very dangerous situation), pedestrian (a person who is walking), fine (make somebody pay for doing something illegal), launch (start).

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