|UPDATE: We the aid of Kansas City Southern Railroad, the Joplin Police Department were able to focus on enforcement of railroad crossing regulations. The detail started at 11 a.m. today and went to about 1:30 p.m., and in that time there were a total of 27 tickets issued, with 17 being for railroad crossing violations.
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR) announced today that it is partnering with the Joplin Police Department to conduct an Operation Lifesaver “Officer on a Train” event at the KCSR crossings in Joplin, starting at 11 a.m. on November 22, 2010, in an effort to promote public safety at railroad grade crossings.
“KCSR takes its position as a positive corporate citizen very seriously and we are committed to improving public safety in the communities where we operate,” said Allen Pepper, KCSR director public safety. “We are pleased to join forces with local law enforcement to raise awareness about the importance of safety at highway rail grade crossings and the dangers of trespassing on railroad rights of way.”
During the Officer on a Train event, law enforcement officers will be stationed on a moving KCSR train and at nearby crossings, watching for grade crossing violations. Motorists who do not heed the law may be issued a citation.
Officer on a Train is a safety program that brings local, county and state law enforcement officers into the locomotive cab to observe problems at highway-rail grade crossings and to assist enforcement of motor vehicle laws at railroad crossings.
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