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UP, Louisiana law enforcement officers clamp down on crossing violations


Union Pacific Railroad, the Louisiana State Police, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office and Eunice Police Department recently conducted an “Officer on the Train” exercise to enforce grade crossing safety in Eunice, La.

UP and law enforcement officials monitored crossings to ensure motorists obeyed warning signals as a train approached, and school buses and trucks carrying hazardous materials came to complete stops, according to Louisiana Operation Lifesaver.

During the event, officers issued 12 citations, including 11 for disobeying signals and one for a bus failing to properly stop at a crossing as required by state law.

Last year in Louisiana, 65 people were injured and 13 were killed in crossing collisions. Area law enforcement officers are relying on a combination of education and enforcement programs to reduce collisions, according to Louisiana Operation Lifesaver.

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