Saturday, September 29, 2012

Idaho Operation Lifesaver "Officer on a Train"

Idaho Operation Lifesaver
Officer On A Train and Adopt A Crossing

On Tuesday October 2nd, City, County and State Law Enforcement Officers will be conducting an Officer On A Train and Adopt A Crossing enforcement operation in North Idaho.

The purpose of this enforcement operation is to increase public awareness of the potential dangers that exist at highway railroad intersections and eliminate driver actions that can have tragic consequences, by enforcing the traffic laws that pertain to these intersections. The enforcement program is one of three parts of the Operation Lifesaver effort, which include engineering and education, designed to eliminate car train collisions.

During the Officer On A Train enforcement effort, one officer is placed in the lead locomotive of a train as a spotter. This officer observes traffic approaching the highway rail intersections as the train proceeds down the tracks. Other officers pace the train or are parked at specific locations. When a motorist is observed violating the laws pertaining to the approaching intersection, the officer on the train radios one of the chase cars which stop the motorist, explain the dangers and issue a citation.

With the Adopt A Crossing approach, City, County and State Law Enforcement officers from throughout Southeast Idaho will pick a crossing within their jurisdiction and enforce the laws that pertain to the crossing.

During 2011, there were 15 car train collisions resulting in 3 people injured and 2 fatalities. This year to date, there have been 6 car train collisions reported, resulting in 2 people injured and 1 fatality.

Since 1990, the Officer On A Train and Adopt A Crossing programs have been instrumental in helping reduce the number of car train collisions in the state. City, County and State law enforcement, State and federal agencies, along with the private business and the railroads that operate in the state sponsor the Idaho Operation Lifesaver program.

Idaho Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to eliminating car train collisions, which result in preventable deaths and injuries. For additional information or to schedule a free presentation, call Idaho Operation Lifesaver @ 208-236-5626.

News Department Information Only
The Officer On A Train enforcement operation will be in Kootenia County
For Additional information, or to arrange a ride along on the train contact
Sgt. Jonelle Greear, Idaho State Police 208-209-8620
Chris Arvas, Idaho Operation Lifesaver 208-705-5626