Officers to look for railroad crossing violators Tuesday

WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Wichita Police Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol will conduct operation “Cops on Rails/Officer on the Train”.

It will be held between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Deputies will ride on trains to observe and report drivers who fail to stop for approaching trains.

Violations can be cited under K.S.A. 8-1551, which carries a $195.00 fine in addition to $98.00 court costs.

Below are six simple rules to follow when near a railroad crossing:

  • Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly.
  • If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, immediately get everyone out and far away from the tracks. Move away from the tracks in the direction from which the train is approaching. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
  • Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That’s at least 18 football fields!
  • Always expect a train! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.
  • Never race a train to the crossing – even if you tie, you lose.
  • Always look and listen in both directions before trying to cross any railroad track.

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