Enforcement stepped up at train crossings to promote safety

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If you cross a train track on your commute you may want to make sure you are obeying the law. 

The Union Pacific Railroad and local law enforcement partners are beefing up patrols at train crossings. 

“When you see tracks think train,” says Senior Special Agent Tim Souza. 

The goal this month is awareness.

“Trains don’t stop fast,” he says. 
 
Senior Special Agent Tim Souza says for Railroad Safety Awareness Month they are working with local law enforcement. 

You can expect to see more police at crossings. 

“Common violations are stopping on the tracks, not stopping when the red lights start flashing, also trespassing on railroad property.”

According to the Federal Railroad Administration last year there were 5,748 incidents or accidents dealing with trains nationwide, and a total of 257 fatalities. 

He says pedestrians should only cross the tracks at a proper crossing. 

If drivers are caught trying to speed through a crossing or stopped in one officers have the option of giving them a warning or citation. 

“The main message to day is look listen live.” 

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