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

Omaha, Neb., April 5, 2006 – Law enforcement representatives from Union Pacific Railroad Police, Vinita Police, Craig County Sheriff’s Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol today issued nine citations to motorists for highway-railroad grade crossings violations as part of a program called "Officer on the Train."

"All we ask drivers to do is to heed the warning devices at crossings; it is for their own safety," said Jay Holman, Union Pacific Railroad police.

The Vinita 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 area crossings. The 24-member task force is made up of Union Pacific police officers 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.

In 2005, there were 64 highway-railroad grade crossing collisions in Oklahoma resulting in six fatalities and 31 injuries, compared to 58 collisions resulting in nine deaths and 30 injuries in 2004.

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.

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