Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Railroad Crossing Violations

By: Stephanie Ando Email
By: Stephanie Ando Email

Railroad officials say a lot of train accidents can be avoided if drivers simply follow traffic laws.

"Impatient people. They don't want to wait for the train. It just doesn't make any sense," said Union Pacific Railroad employee R.E. Kuhaneck.

Train engineers tell us drivers take a huge risk every time they ignore crossing guards, because it can take up to two miles for a train to come to a complete stop.

"Essentially you're playing chicken with a 400 ton engine," said Brazos County Pct. 1 Constable Jeff Reeves. "People misjudge the speed of them. They take a chance, and they lose."

That's why local agencies have teamed up with Union Pacific to crack down on railroad crossing violations.

Twenty tickets and eight warnings were reportedly issued to drivers Monday.

"I was just in a hurry today and I just didn't pay attention. Most of the time I do, I'm good about this kind of stuff," said Tyler Roark. Roark was pulled over for stopping on the tracks at Wellborn and George Bush Drive Monday.

The drivers ticketed for crossing violations will have to pay a fine, which officials say is a pretty good deal considering several people pay the ultimate price in train accidents in our area every year.

This isn't the first time Union Pacific has worked with our local law enforcement to combat this issue. The agencies usually team up twice a year for the railroad enforcement task force.

The College Station Police Dept., Brazos County Pct. 1 Constable's Office, Texas A&M University Police, and Union Pacific participated in the operation.

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