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Deputies Clamp Down on Railroad Crossing Violations

Posted: February 18, 2008 3:36 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2008 5:04 a.m.
It was not a pleasant Valentine's Day for more than 100 commuters and pedestrians throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station issued 78 citations and 31 warnings on Thursday as part of "Operation Lifesaver" - an operation that aimed to warn people of the dangers of railroad crossings.

A rail safety team made up of law enforcement and transportation officials, including the railroad safety nonprofit group Operation Lifesaver, interacted with 109 people during the operation, citing them for infractions such as rushing through lowering gates, stopping on the train tracks or walking on or across them.

As part of the operation, special trains made up of Union Pacific, Amtrak, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Metrolink locomotives were used in the operation.

The operation, which coincided with normal train traffic, started at the Newhall Metrolink station and continued through the Via Princesa station.

Deputies were stationed at various railroad crossings throughout the SCV, observing violations as trains passed through railroad crossings.

According to the Sheriff's Station, during one 20-minute period, four drivers were cited for rushing through lowering gates at two separate railroad crossings, while an alleged drunkard man was found walking on the train tracks.

Five vehicles were also impounded for unlicensed drivers or motorists driving on suspended licenses.


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