Officer on train to enforce traffic laws

This blue sign is posted by the railroad track near the Idaho Potato Museum, the old train depot. This type of sign is posted at every public highway rail grade crossing with an emergency contact number for the railroad. A police officer was the spotter on this engine to spot vehicles that did not stop when the red lights were flashing and the train engineer was sounding his horn. Other police officers stopped the offenders. Travis Campbell is the coordinator of Idaho Operation Lifesaver. With a police officer on board, she spotted those vehicles that did not stop when the red lights were flashing and the train engineer was sounding his horn. Other police officers near the tracks stopped the offenders.
By: 
LESLIE MIELKE
Staff Writer

With two engines coupled together, state troopers and police officers from Pocatello, Blackfoot, Shelley and Idaho Falls rode the rails on Monday to help enforce train safety. As a vehicle was spotted crossing the grading when the lights were flashing red and the train engineer was using his whistle, the police spotter would notify his or her fellow officers to stop the vehicle.
By enforcing the law, the aim of Idaho Operation Lifesaver is to help vehicles and pedestrians to remain safe.
Travis Campbell, State Coordinator of Idaho Operation Lifesaver, said, "The mission of Operation Lifesaver is to decrease the number of people killed or seriously injured because of train-vehicle accidents. It is the motorist's responsibility to look for a train."
For the complete story, read the Tuesday, March 21, edition of the Morning News.

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