Portadown motorist fined after driving through at Railway Crossing

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A Portadown woman was fined £150 when she admitted driving through a railway crossing as the barrier was coming down.

The charge against Shannon Lawless, 19, from Drumnagoon Road, arose from an incident on July 28 last year at Lake Street level crossing in Lurgan. The court heard that a crossing keeper had reported that the defendant kept driving as the barrier was coming down. She went too far forward and the barrier had to be raised.

A defence solicitor said the defendant thought she was being let through and kept on driving.

While imposing a fine of £150 Resident Magistrate, Mervyn Bates, said that it was a very serious situation for a vehicle to be on the tracks when a train was coming but he did not consider the defendant’s actions deserved disqualification as it was a misunderstanding between the driver and the barrier keeper and not a flagrant breach of the regulations.