Captain Scott A. Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, Lee’s Summit, announced this week that Troop A and the Union Pacific Railroad Police Department will be working with Missouri Operation Lifesaver in Pettis County.
The enforcement program places an officer in a Union Pacific train engine to observe crossing violations. The information of a violation is then passed to officers in patrol vehicles, who will stop the violator and take enforcement action.
Pettis County has been selected because of the number of rail grade crossings, crossing incidents, and the potential for crossing crashes. Reported unsafe motorists actions and trespassing incidents have been on the increase. To help curb this trend, the two agencies will work together in an attempt to end violations at crossings.
For more information and statistics, visit the national website at www.oli.org.
Release courtesy of Missouri State Highway Patrol