Odessa Police & Union Pacific Issue 44 Citations during Joint Operation
On December 20, 2018, the Odessa Police Department along with Union Pacific Railroad, conducted a joint operation observing motorist who ignore signals and warnings. As a result of the operation 44 citations were issued for railroad crossing violations and 1 arrest was made for driving while intoxicated.
The public is urged to adhere to all railroad crossing laws to include Stopping at the designated spot, waiting until traffic arms are all the way up and the signal has stopped flashing, disregarding traffic signal, and don’t stop, stand or park on railroad tracks. These laws are not only a state law, but a federal law also. The ramifications can have civil penalties if a railroad crash occurs involving any of the aforementioned.
Freight trains traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. The event is part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program, which brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad crossing and pedestrian safety.