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Buttskop crossing gets cameras

Ten children were killed at the crossing in 2010 when their taxi driver ignored lowered booms.

CCTV cameras will capture motorists ignoring booms at the Buttskop Level Crossing. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail and the Western Cape Transport Department on Monday said motorists who continue to ignore level crossing booms and stop signs may have their vehicles impounded.

Transport MEC Robin Carlisle and Metrorail's chief observed motorists at the notorious Buttskop Level Crossing in Blackheath on Monday morning.

Ten children were killed at the crossing in 2010 when their taxi driver ignored lowered booms and his vehicle was struck by a train.

Despite the presence of several officials dressed in uniform and reflective gear, many motorists treated the Buttskop stop as a yield sign.

Carlisle banged on the windows of several vehicles and warned motorists to obey road rules.

The MEC says he believes the new CCTV cameras and subsequent fines of R500 will deter motorists from ignoring the signs.

This is the second out of 32 level crossings that will be monitored by cameras.

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