Union Pacific Railroad Police and Local Law Enforcement Issue 93 Citations at Railroad Crossings

Magnolia, Texas, July 29, 2005 – Law enforcement representatives from Union Pacific Railroad, Texas Department of Public Safety, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Magnolia Police Department today issued 93 citations to motorists for highway-railroad grade crossing violations as part of a program called "Officer on the Train".

The Magnolia 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 287 highway-railroad grade crossing collisions in Texas resulting in 26 fatalities and 99 injuries compared to 283 collisions resulting in 36 deaths and 105 injuries in 2003.

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