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Operation Lifesaver Aims at Railroad Crossing Safety for Drivers

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The Springfield Police department, BNSF railroad officers, and the Greene County Sheriff's Office want to remind drivers to use caution at railroad crossings.
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. -- The Springfield Police department, BNSF railroad officers, and the Greene County Sheriff's Office want to remind drivers to use caution at railroad crossings.

The three agencies joined together for Operation Lifesaver, which took place Thursday.

It's an annual event that promotes rail safety education.

The mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property.

Law enforcement officers were positioned in areas near signaled railroad crossings and were also riding area trains.

24 traffic stops were made due to violations observed in proximity to a monitored crossing and 16 tickets were issued.

"People blatantly not even stopping not even remotely slowing down for the crossings,” says Springfield Police Cpt. Ben King. “Running through the crossings, even though the lights have been on for a few seconds. Basically just blowing right through those. When they see the lights and hear the sounds they need to stop at least 15 feet short of that rail crossing"

Statewide in 2013 there were 46 crashes at railroad crossings, two fatalities and 31 injuries.

So far in 2014, there have been 14 crashes with five injuries and one fatality.


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