Motorists cited in Operation Lifesaver

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The Bossier City Police Department joined the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department and Kansas City Southern Railroad today to promote railroad crossing safety by taking part in Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the state.

bossier city policeAs part of today’s operation, traffic officers and deputies were stationed near the railroad crossings on the tracks that run along Barksdale Boulevard from Central Park Drive to Sligo Road while other officers and deputies rode on a KCS train to observe motorist behavior at each crossing as the train approached.

In all, 29 citations were written today for railroad crossing violations. 10 additional citations were issued for non-moving violations.

When a motorist was seen violating the grade crossing traffic law, the train officer would radio an officer or deputy stationed near the crossing, who then issued the motorist a citation.

SheriffLogoLouisiana law requires motorists to stop at railroad crossings when:

(1) A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train

(2) a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train

(3) a railroad train approaching within approximately nine hundred feet of the highway crossing emits a signal, and such railroad train, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard

(4) an approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing

(5) when a stop sign is erected at the approach to a railroad grade crossing.

State law also prohibits motorists from driving a vehicle through, around, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed when an approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.

The latest statistics compiled by Louisiana Operation Lifesaver show 8 people were killed in railroad crossing crashes in Louisiana during 2012. The last railroad crossing fatality crash in Bossier City occurred in 2008.

Operation Lifesaver is conducted periodically with law enforcement agencies across Louisiana to bring awareness to the dangers of vehicle-train collisions. For more information, log onto www.laoperationlifesaver.org.