Union Pacific Railroad and St. Louis Police Issue Three Citations at Railroad Crossings

St. Louis, Mo., June 1, 2005 – Law enforcement representatives from Union Pacific Railroad and the City of St. Louis Police Department today issued three citations to motorists for highway-railroad grade crossing violations as part of a program called "Officer on the Train".

Officers also issued twelve warnings to persons trespassing on railroad property.

The St. Louis area was chosen by Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Enforcement (CARE) task force for this enforcement run because of continued violations by motorists who do not obey the warning devices at crossings in the area. The 24-member task force is made up of UP special agents who work with city, county and state police officers to enforce highway-railroad grade crossing laws.

"Officer on the Train" is part of the Operation Lifesaver program where police officers ride on trains to observe motorist behavior at highway-railroad grade crossings. If a motorist violates the grade crossing traffic laws, the officer on the train radios to an officer positioned near the crossing, who can issue the motorist a citation.

Operation Lifesaver is a national safety program supported by state and federal agencies, railroads and rail labor intended to educate the public about the dangers at highway-railroad grade crossings.

In 2004, there were 59 highway-railroad grade crossing collisions in Missouri resulting in nine fatalities and 29 injuries compared to 65 collisions resulting in nine deaths and 32 injuries in 2003.

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