(Posted Sept. 23, 2019)
On Sept. 24 during Rail Safety Week, Sept. 22-28, the London Police Division, Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit rail safety education organization, will participate in Operation Clear Track, along with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide.
The goal is to raise awareness and enforce state railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws. The third annual rail safety detail, carried out in 48 states, is the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in the United States.
During Operation Clear Track, police personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing locations to issue citations or warnings to violators. Officials also will disseminate railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians. The goal is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness and enforcement.
In London, the awareness effort will take place at rail crossings on West High, South Main and South Maple streets.
Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.