The following is a list of excuses given to Network Rail level crossing teams by motorists and pedestrians caught breaking the rules at level crossings.

  • I thought the train would slow down to let me through.
  • I thought that the train driver was giving way to me when he sounded his horn.
  • I know when the trains run around here.
  • Lights? No, I don't bother looking at them, I only stop when the barriers start coming down – I wouldn't want to damage the car.
  • I'm glad you reminded me to look before crossing I don't normally bother - mind you I was nearly knocked down by a train a few weeks ago.
  • By a motorist obstructing the yellow box markings: "I don't need the likes of you to tell me about road or level crossing safety. I was a police driving instructor for 30 years.
  • I didn't see the gate coming down as I approached the crossing – I was completely blinded by it. I was driving straight into the sun and it was also reflecting very brightly off the surface of the wet road so I could hardly see anything at all.
  • Sometimes it's difficult to stop the horse.
  • The sat-nav told me to turn left so I just kept going.
  • I just followed the person in front of me. I didn't look.

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