Union Pacific and El Paso Police Team Up to Enforce Crossing Safety in El Paso

El Paso Police monitor rail crossings for unsafe activity

Spring, Texas, March 15, 2006 – In an effort to encourage safety at railroad crossings, Union Pacific gave a ride on a train to several law enforcement officers to help them see first-hand unsafe motorist activity at rail crossings, and to help reduce crossing accidents. As part of the Crossing Accident Reduction Enforcement or CARE, El Paso police, Socorro Police and Hudspeath County Sheriff Department officers riding on the train were able to send by radio information about unsafe motorist activity to other police officers stationed at or near the crossings to issue warnings or citations.

"Union Pacific’s joint effort with the El Paso Police Department is a sincere effort to help stop tragedies at crossings," said Tom Florence, Superintendent of Union Pacific’s El Paso Service Unit. "We want the public to understand the dangers to both motorists and train crews when motorists do not obey crossing signals."

Law enforcement train rides are part of a continuing effort by Union Pacific Railroad to educate the public about grade crossing and pedestrian safety and end tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way.

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