The enforcement, funded by a Hazardous Moving Violation state grant, was conducted at railroad crossings on Noland Road at Walnut and Walnut at Memorial Drive.

By TORIANO L. PORTER

toriano.porter@examiner.net



Independence Police and authorities from Union Pacific Railroad issued more than 70 citations for railroad related violations during a railroad crossing signal enforcement sting earlier this week.

According to Independence police, from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday authorities issued 73 tickets for railroad crossing violations, 16 tickets for other traffic-related violations and arrested seven people for outstanding warrants.

The enforcement, funded by a Hazardous Moving Violation state grant, was conducted at railroad crossings on Noland Road at Walnut and Walnut at Memorial Drive.

The sting was staffed by 12 officers from the IPD and two special agents from Union Pacific, said police spokesperson Tom Gentry.

“The whole goal of that operation was to observe motorists’ behavior during railroad crossings and to make sure they are heeding the warnings when crossing railroads,” said Mark Davis, media relations director for Union Pacific.

Davis added the majority of the tickets issued were for failure to yield at a railroad crossing.

“That’s what they always look for there, failure to yield the right of way to a train,” Davis said, adding railroad authorities team with local policing agencies periodically to conduct such operations.

“Part of the education factor with motorists includes enforcement,” Davis said.