Warning after drivers are banned for crossing offences

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MOTORISTS have been warned of the consequences of flouting the law on level crossings after three drivers were disqualified for running a rail crossing.

Two men and a woman were each banned from driving for six weeks by Bury St Edmunds magistrates after admitting they failed to comply with a red light at Lakenheath railway level crossing, .

Magistrates heard that Andrew Michael George Macewan, 19, committed the offence on September 1 just after 5.30pm.

Macewan, of Larchwood, in Beachamwell, Swaffham, did not attend court as he is working voluntarily overseas.

Mark Edmondson, in mitigation, said: “He wasn’t trying to jump the lights, he was tired and saw it late. He knew immediately he had made a mistake.”

Macewan was fined £150 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Magistrate Meg Clibbon said: “Public safety was seriously compromised and we have in mind recent tragic events which were highlighted in the press.”

Jason George Fletcher, 33, fell foul of the lights on September 17 at about 11.28am.

Fletcher, of Rawlins Way, in Feltwell, represented himself and said he thought the signaller had waved him across the track.

“There’s no way I would put my life or his life at risk. I’m deeply sorry, I honestly thought he waved me across. If I had realised he hadn’t, then I wouldn’t have gone,” he said.

He was fined £100 with £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge plus the driving ban.

Magistrates also sentenced Victoria Rose Smith, 42, of Castle Close, Weeting, to a disqualification, £200 fine, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge for the crime on September 15.

According to Network Rail, there were 14 incidents of miususe at Lakenheath crossing in 2010.

After the cases, a spokesman for the British Transport Police said drivers who flouted the law would be prosecuted.