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Crossing and Pedestrian Safety

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07/19/2009 AT 07:27

Operation Lifesaver is the nationwide, non-profit public safety education and outreach program designed to eliminate collisions, deaths and injuries where streets and roads cross railroad tracks at grade and on railroad rights of way.

Hundreds of community leaders, law enforcement officers and education officials will be learning about highway-railroad grade crossing safety and the often fatal consequences of trespassing on railroad property.

"This special train is just one way we can work to educate and call attention to highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety. We always look for unique ways to deliver our safety message to the general public and civic leaders," said Lance Hardisty, Union Pacific superintendent transportation services - Twin Cities Service Unit.

During the train's tour June 27 through July 5 stops are being made in the Iowa communities of Des Moines, Belmond, Eagle Grove, Laurens, Ft. Dodge, West Bend, Emmetsburg, Estherville and Mason City; the Minnesota towns of Albert Lea, Blue Earth, St. James and Mankato and the Wisconsin communities of Altoona and Adams

Guests are getting a rare opportunity to see what train crew members see because video cameras are mounted in the locomotive cabs broadcasting to television monitors in the passenger cars.

While civic and education leaders were learning about highway-railroad grade crossing and pedestrian safety, law enforcement officers reviewed "Officer on the Train" activities.

"Officer on the Train," one part of the Operation Lifesaver program, provides police officers the opportunity to ride on trains and observe motorist behavior at highway/railroad grade crossings. If a motorist violates the grade crossing traffic laws, the police officer on the train radios to an officer near the crossing, who can issue the motorist a citation and offer railroad crossing safety advice that could save a life.

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