British Transport Police (BTP) has released a video showing a number of near-miss incidents as part of a campaign to improve safety at level crossings.
BTP says road users are risking their lives, and those of other road and rail users, by routinely ignoring basic safety at level crossings.
Using the strapline ‘Do your level best – don’t run the risk at level crossings’, the video shows three incidents caught on camera at Dundee in Scotland, Spondon in Derbyshire and Narborough in Leicestershire highlighting risky behaviour at level crossings by a pedestrian, cyclist and driver.
BTP officers are carrying out additional high-visibility patrols at crossings in a week of action which started on 2 February.
Inspector Becky Warren said: “All too often people get into the habit of taking risks at crossings. Our message is simple – use crossings safely.
“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.”
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."