Friday 9 Jan 2004

MOTORIST PROSECUTED FOR IGNORING WARNINGS

Region & Route:
South East
Southern
A motorist was successfully prosecuted at Cambridge Magistrates Court today, for ignoring a road traffic sign. The motorist, who plead guilty, received a £125 fine, ordered to pay £150 court costs and had three points put on his license. The offence, failure to comply with a traffic sign, was committed at Shelford Level Crossing on 18 April 2003.  The incident was witnessed by Shona Macgregor, Network Rail’s Operations Delivery Manager, at Cambridge and immediately reported to the British Transport Police. PC Julie Walton, British Transport Police, Cambridge said: “Motorists seem to think they are exempt from the law at railway crossings, but the Highway Code still applies.  The British Transport Police, along with Network Rail, actively seek prosecutions.  This blatant disregard of warning signs could have had fatal consequences not only for the motorist himself but also the passengers travelling aboard the oncoming train.” For further information on the prosecution, contact the British Transport Police at Cambridge on 01223 352031.

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