POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 6:04am
ADDIS, LA — Rushed drivers who violate railroad crossing laws will receive citations from officers from the Plaquemine and Addis Police Departments, who will monitor driver behavior from a Union Pacific Railroad locomotive.
Officers riding inside the locomotive will observe motorist behavior at railroad crossings and dispatch officers positioned nearby when motorists ignore railroad signals and warnings.
Officers on the ground will then issue citations and remind motorists to obey train warnings for their own safety. This enforcement operation is part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction and Education Safety program, or UP CARES.
Motor vehicle laws require drivers to stop at least 15 feet from the nearest rail at crossings when warning signals indicate a train is approaching. Drivers must treat x-shaped railroad crossing signs as yield signs and stop whenever automatic signals are activated.
Freight trains traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. Officer on a Train operations are part of Union Pacific’s UP CARES program, which is geared to reduce the number of train collisions through law enforcement partnerships that help enforce traffic laws.
UP CARES enforcement operation scheduled from 9:00-11:00 a.m. will 13 crossings in Plaquemine, from West Street to LA 75 (Belleview). An operation also will take place in Addis from 6:30- 8:30 a.m.