Las Vegas Residents, Officials Learn Rail Safety Onboard Special Train
Las Vegas, Nev., May 14, 2009 There's no such thing as luck when it comes to trying to beat a train. Federal Railroad Administration statistics attribute 2,373 crashes every year to drivers who previously considered themselves lucky. That is why Union Pacific is partnering with Nevada Operation Lifesaver to host an "Officer on the Train" event on May 18 and 19.
A special passenger train will allow community leaders, law enforcement officers, and education officials to learn about highway-railroad grade crossing safety and the consequences of trespassing on railroad property.
"This special train is just one way we can call attention to highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety. We always look for unique ways to deliver our safety message to the general public and civic leaders," said Thomas Lischer, general superintendent - transportation services.
"Officer on the Train," allows police officers to ride on trains and observe motorist behavior at highway/railroad grade crossings. If a motorist violates the grade crossing traffic laws, the police officer on the train radios an officer near the crossing who can issue the motorist a citation. The $300 ticket serves as a reminder for safety.
"Unfortunately, some people learn only when they get a ticket," Officer Jorge Villaescusa said. "We are also educating through people's wallets."
While law enforcement officers focus on the public outside the train, inside civic leaders will get a rare opportunity to see what train crew members see. Video cameras are mounted in the locomotive cabs, broadcasting to television monitors in the passenger cars.
Operation Lifesaver is the nationwide, non-profit public safety education and outreach program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths and injuries where streets and roads cross railroad tracks at grade and on railroad rights of way.
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For further information, contact Zoe Richmond at (916) 960-7511.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media is invited to ride with officers in the cab or the locomotive. Please contact Jorge Villaescusa at 626-705-1856 if you plan on riding on the locomotive, as space is limited. Those riding the train must wear hard-soled shoes with a defined heel. Persons with open-toed shoes or high-heeled shoes will not be allowed on the locomotive.
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