Police team up with Union Pacific to catch lawbreakers

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 7:46pm

There are freight trains traveling all over the Ark-La-Tex. In fact, about 25 pass through Shreveport and Bossier alone on any given day.

That's why Shreveport Police decided to team up with Union Pacific Railroads to remind people of the laws around railroad crossing gates.

While it's always important to follow laws, the ones regarding crossing gates could have an even great consequence if they aren't followed. Not only could the law breaker be hurt or even killed from trying to sneak though the gate as it is lowering, the driver of the vehicle is also putting the life of the train engineer at risk.

While Shreveport Police wanted to educate people on train crossing laws, they weren't going to let people get off easy either. On just one railroad, and in just about 3 hours, traffic officers issued 19 railroad based tickets, but the goal of this wasn't to punish people, but to educate them and keep them safe.

According to Union Pacific officials, the key to understanding railroad crossing safety starts with the flashing lights. Once the lights are flashing, even if the gate isn't moving yet, cars are not allowed to pass though the crossing. Also, the gate crossing must be completely vertical and the lights must have stopped flashing before cars cane start driving through the railroad crossing again.


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I go to Rochelle IL RR Fan Park almost every week or so. You see it all the time, even kids a block east at a walkway climbing over and under trains stopped.. When the gate goes up and there is another track you are in danger that the alert device faults and there is a train coming.. With four sets of tracks for the UP and BNSF and being right in the middle of the city, it is more dangerous than people understand... Last time I hollered at a woman about being to close, I got the finger...

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