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Watch shocking footage showing members of the public narrowly avoiding being hit by trains at level crossings in Northern Ireland

Shocking footage showing near misses at level crossings in Northern Ireland has been released.

The CCTV footage from Translink shows members of the public chancing death at rail crossings.

In one case, a member of public is filmed narrowly avoiding an oncoming train by a fraction of a second.

Translink revealed that between July 2013 and July 2014 some 78 people were prosecuted for safety related incidents across the rail network.

The majority of these were due to motorists ignoring warning signals at level crossings or attempting to ‘beat the barrier’ at a level crossing as the warning lights were flashing or the barriers were descending.

Ian Campbell from Translink said that while the overall number of safety related incidents in the past year is comparable to previous, "the total cost to offenders has more than doubled in the past year".

"With an average cost of around £225 and the largest amount being £669, these are significant amounts of money for an average motorist," he said.

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"Coupled with the potential of penalty points being applied to the driving licences of offenders, increased insurance policies and potential coverage in local media, these should all serve as strong deterrents to potential offenders.

"We believe these prosecution results represent positive and proactive cooperation between the PSNI and Translink NI Railways and are appropriate for the seriousness and potentially devastating consequences of the misuse of level crossings.

"Our CCTV cameras which are located at the majority of crossings throughout the network capture high quality footage which has been successfully used as evidence in several level crossing misuse prosecution cases."

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