Operation Lifesaver operating in Calcasieu Parish

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - This morning, Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Union Pacific Railroad Police conducted a railroad crossing enforcement detail on LA Highway 108 south of Sulphur. Troopers and officers were looking for drivers who ignored railroad crossing warning signals as a train approached.

During today's detail, a total of 40 citations were issued including 35 for failure to obey a signal indicating the approach of a train, 1 for a vehicle carrying hazardous materials failing to stop at a railroad grade crossing as required, 3 for failure to wear a seatbelt, and 1 for driving under suspension.  Additional enforcement details are planned for the Troop D and Troop I areas.  

Last year, 11 people in Louisiana lost their lives in vehicle crashes with trains.  This was the sixth highest number of such fatalities in the nation.  Louisiana state law requires motorists to obey signals at railroad crossings that indicate an approaching train including flashing red lights and lowered gates.

Failure to obey these signals may result in a $200.00 fine and 30 days in jail for a first offense with higher fines and increased jail time for additional violations.  The fine for racing a train is $1,000. 

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