'Safety event' called after hundreds caught jumping lights at Mitcham Eastfields level crossing
More than 100 pedestrians and cars have been seen jumping the red lights at a level crossing in Mitcham in the last five months.
Since April 2013 a total of 72 pedestrians and 49 drivers have been seen risking their lives, and a criminal record, by failing to obey the lights at Mitcham Eastfields level crossing.
The alarming figures have prompted a safety awareness event by Network Rail involving the British Transport Police and London fire brigade.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Motorists and pedestrians are urged to always obey warning lights, sounds and signs at level crossings.
"At all level crossings, the lights, barriers and signs are warnings to stop and wait, not to try and rush across.
"Misusing crossings can delay trains and traffic and can lead to prosecution.
"We will continue to work in local communities across the country to encourage everyone to use level crossings safely and correctly."
A community safety manager from Network Rail, police officers and fire fighters will be at the station tomorrow from 10am to 3pm to educate motorists and pedestrians about the importance of using level crossings safely.
Pedestrians face a fine of up to £1000 and a criminal record if they are caught misusing a level crossing while motorists can be charged with a number of offences including stopping on the crossing, failing to obey the lights, careless driving and dangerous driving.
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