Tayside and Central Scotland

Broughty Ferry Level crossing misuse 'chilling'

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Image caption British Transport Police said driver behaviour at the level crossing was "chilling"

Police have described as "chilling" the results of a two-month surveillance operation to assess driver behaviour at a level crossing in Broughty Ferry.

British Transport Police said 46 offences had been detected and 31 people reported to the procurator fiscal since mid February.

The crackdown followed a spate of incidents where drivers ignored safety barriers at the crossing.

The force said the operation would now proceed indefinitely.

Insp Angela McGregor said: "These figures are chilling.

"Our camera enforcement van and officers have been deployed in the area in response to a number of incidents when drivers drove over the level crossing when the barriers were in the process of being lowered."

She added: "Hopefully by drawing attention to these reckless acts, drivers will get the message that it's just not worth risking lives by trying to save a few seconds."

Footage from the camera enforcement van has been passed to the courts.

Mark Henderson, Network Rail community safety manager for Scotland, said: "Misuse of crossings is the biggest outside risk to railway safety and we will always seek to help identify and prosecute those who abuse our infrastructure."

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