Officers Crack Down On Railroad Crossing Laws

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It's a huge risk that's just not worth taking, but workers with Union Pacific told WOWT 6 News they see it far too often.

Waiting for a train to cross can be frustrating. Many people that pull up to those blinking red lights sometimes battle the urge to dart across the road.

But plain and simple that is illegal.

"These laws are here, because trains obviously the size of trains they can't come to a stop, they can't stop nearly as fast as a car," said Sgt. Jason Bailey, Council Bluffs Police.

Union pacific workers and law enforcement took three hours Monday to educate and enforce those crossing laws.

People can not just cross over tracks anywhere. The only place you can legally cross is a railroad crossing.

In just our 45 minutes on the train, there were several violations.

One of the worst was two kids riding on their bikes. The rail guards were completely down and they still crossed in front of the train.

Then a man driving a truck zoomed through after the guard rails were coming down.

But officers were waiting for all of them; ready to write citations.

Crossing the railroad when the lights flash is a $330 fine.

People crossing where there isn't a railroad crossing can get a criminal citation that means a trip to court and a possible $500 fine.


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