Driver punished over barrier crossing error

Scarborough Magistrates Court.
Scarborough Magistrates Court.

A MOTORIST came just moments from potential disaster after driving through a railway crossing barrier – as a train approached, a court heard.

Elizabeth McElroy, 60, drove over the crossing in Malton despite flashing lights and safety barriers lowering to warn the Scarborough train was close.

McElroy, of Norton, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to the charge of failing to comply with the light signals.

The court heard McElroy drove through the barrier in her Mercedes Benz car without noticing the warning signs.

Representing herself in court, McElroy said she was extremely familiar with the road, but had simply had not seen the warnings.

She said: “I cannot give a valid excuse or reason because I was totally unaware that it had happened.

“I have travelled on that route for 15 years and eight out of to 10 times I am stopped by the train barriers.

“I am not doddery and am perfectly healthy and did not know I had done it.”

Magistrates gave McElroy three points on her licence, fined her £96 for the offence and ordered her to pay £45 costs.