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Level-crossing with worst track record

A SUBURB of Dundee is home to the most dangerous level-crossing in Scotland, according to new figures from police.

Some 214 drivers and pedestrians have been prosecuted in the past five years after dicing with death at the Gray Street crossing in Broughty Ferry.

British Transport Police (BTP) identified Cleghorn crossing, near Lanark, South Lanarkshire, in second place with 2005 prosecutions.

And third place went to Garve crossing, Easter Ross, Highland, with 137 prosecutions.

BTP revealed there had been a total across the country of 1864 prosecutions since 2009.

There were a further 660 known "incidents".

Drivers were hit with £60 fines and three points on their licence.

Pedestrians who go on the tracks face fines of up to £1000 and a criminal record.

Laurie Bidwell, Labour councillor for Broughty Ferry, said she was "alarmed" by the figures.

She said: "I understand that most of these offences have arisen because drivers and pedestrians have been ignoring the flashing warning lights and dodging the barriers.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said they are working closely with all rail industry partners find ways to educate individuals on the proper use of level-crossings.

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