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Bakersfield Police cracking down on illegal railroad crossing

BPD: Officer
Posted at 9:27 AM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-22 12:27:48-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department is cracking down on illegal and dangerous rail activity as part of a nationwide campaign for Rail Safety Week.

Starting Tuesday, the Bakersfield Police Department will take part in 'Operation Clear Track,' along with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide. They will also be joined by the Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit rail safety organization.

As part of 'Operation Clear Track' BPD will have extra rail safety detail stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing lanes to issue citations or warnings to violators. Officials will also be giving out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians. This rail safety detail, carried out in 48 states, is the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in the country.

The goal of Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and deaths around railroad tracks. Rail Safety Week runs from September 22-28.