As part of its “Cops on Rails” patrol operation, Wichita area law enforcement officers wrote 16 tickets Tuesday, 12 of which were for violating railroad crossing laws.
The project put deputies onboard BNSF Railway trains to watch for drivers who failed to stop at railroad crossings. The officers on trains then radioed to other law enforcement officers who stopped and cited the drivers.
The program aimed to bring awareness to drivers and remind them, “that when a train is approaching a railroad crossing to stop, look, listen and live,” Sgt. Troy Wells of the Sedgwick County Sherriff’s office said in a prepared statement. “Trains cannot stop or serve and they always have the right-of-way.”
Violations can carry as much as a $195 fine and $100 court costs.