Terrifying clips capture level crossing near misses as part of new road safety campaign

The videos have been released as part of the British Transport Police and Network Rail's 'Operation Look' campaign

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A harrowing video capturing three near misses at level crossings has been released as part of a new campaign to improve road safety.

In the video released today by the British Transport Police, three clips have been published on their website , including one that shows a man in Scotland avoiding death by a matter of seconds after he ignores a red light at a crossing.

In the other terrifying videos, a cyclist in Derbyshire is seen getting knocked off of his bike as a barrier comes down, while the final clip from Leicestershire shows a car getting stuck on the tracks after both barriers close. The video comes on the day that BTP and Network Rail launch the road safety awareness campaign “Operation Look”.

As part of a week of action that begins today, the BTP will carry out extra patrols at crossings up and down the country, as well as releasing more videos showing the consequences of driver negligence at level crossings.

BTP spokeswoman, 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.

"Fail to obey the signals and you may also end up with a driving ban or a criminal record. Is it really worth the risk?"