Archive for Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Police step up enforcement at railroad crossings

January 25, 2012

Some area motorists ignoring railroad crossing gates prompted local police and Union Pacific law enforcement officials to step up enforcement Tuesday.

The Union Pacific Railroad brought its Officer on a Train program and a Union Pacific Crossing Accident Reduction, Education and Safety operation to Bonner Springs late afternoon Tuesday at the crossing at Front and Second streets. The Bonner Springs Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol participated.

The officer on a train program consists of putting law enforcement officers aboard a locomotive to partake in a short train ride in an effort to get a different perspective of motorist behavior at highway rail crossings.

The officers involved can view situations that train crew members often experience and also are able to speak with the crew members and railroad management about the safety issues involved with railroad operations.

In a U.P.C.A.R.E.S. operation, members of the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department act as ground enforcement units for motorist violations at the highway-rail crossings.

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