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Hi, last year, as a pedestrian, I was walking home and came

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Hi, last year, as a pedestrian, I was walking home and came up to a level crossing. I was going to cross but just at that moment the lights started flashing, so I quickly nipped across. Have I broken the law and what is the likely penalty. I cannot remember the exact date.
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No. You are a pedestrian. You are not subject therefore to the Road Traffic Act.
It might not have been a brilliant idea to do this but it is not an offence.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If it is not an offence under the road traffic laws is it an offence under any other statute

I suppose it might offend against local bye laws but that is not likely and anyway they could not trace you.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am still rather confused. I recently looked up a British Transport website which said that pedestrians could be fined for misusing level crossings. Is this not the case then ?

Only on the basis of a local bye law.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for your reply. I have looked up the CPS guidelines for prosecution and I would, as far as I understand it, have not been prosecuted, as my actions would have only resulted in a technical breech of the law.

Technical breaches of the law are offences. There is no defence in saying that the breach is only technical.
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