Terrifying Translink video shows string of close shaves at NI level crossings

Translink has released a video docmenting a string of close shaves involving road vehicles and trains at level crossings around Northern Ireland.

Monday, 11th January 2021, 3:37 pm

Translink released the video to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who use level crossings to be vigilant, pay attention to warning lights and notices and never try to ‘beat the barrier’.

Translink’s Network Assurance and Safety Manager Ian Morrow said: “We have released some CCTV footage which shows examples of motorists misusing level crossings in Cullybackey.

“People put themselves and others at risk by not using crossings properly.

The video was released on Monday.

“We urge drivers and pedestrians to heed the notices, understand the warnings and stop until it is safe to proceed.

“Any temptation to ignore warning lights and try to rush through closing barriers puts lives at risk.”

Mr. Morrow added: “People should never assume that a train will be slowing as it passes through a crossing.

“If a driver had to apply the emergency brakes, it can take over 900 metres for a train to stop.

“As well as releasing the CCTV footage to show reckless driving behaviour at Cullybackey crossing, we are distributing leaflets in the area outlining ‘The Most Important Stop of the Day’ highlighting correct use of Cullybackey and all level crossings.”

Mr. Morrow concluded “We have CCTV at our crossings and we will continue to pursue prosecutions against those who misuse crossings or engage in unsafe behaviour.”