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I wonder what my likely fine/points would be in this situation and if what I explained above would be mitigating circumstances for the police not to implement this. I work in the Health & Safety arena myself and so I take this seriously, but I feel that I acted correctly in this circumstance. I was not expecting another train so quickly after the barriers had gone up, normally the barriers would stay down for both trains. Therefore given the queue headed by a tractor my attention was on the vehicles in front especially the one directly in front. How should I write my mitigation in your opinion.
No I do not. I have only had 3 points on my licence once in 1998 for speeding. I have been driving since 1986. I was stopped for speeding on another occasion in approx. 2005, but as it was slightly over the limit, I took a driving course instead and therefore did not take any points.
As my attention was with the vehicles in front and I knew there was also a queue extending behind me, then on seeing the lights on amber I had to make a decision and therefore decided to go ahead rather than brake and risk the vehicle behind me not stopping - at that moment in time I wasn't sure how close the vehicle was behind.