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Local agencies to watch for motorists who don’t stop for trains

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 14, 2014, at 1:12 p.m.

Local agencies will try to catch motorists who fail to stop for trains during an enforcement operation, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the Wichita Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol, will conduct “Cops on Rails/Officer on the Train” from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Deputies will ride on trains to watch for drivers who don’t stop for approaching trains. Violators can be cited under a state law that carries a $195 fine and a $98 court cost.

The news release included these safety rules: Never drive around lowered gates. If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, immediately get everyone out and far away from the tracks. Call local police for help. Remember that trains can’t stop quickly. Always expect a train. Never race a train to the crossing. Always look and listen in both directions before trying to cross a track.

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