Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Media advisory: Reporters can see law enforcement "ride the rails" to catch motorists violating rail grade crossing laws, Feb 1

Press Release

WHAT: "Officer on the Train" program designed to identify unsafe motorists who attempt to beat the train and violate Idaho grade crossing laws.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 1, 2019
7:30 in Meridian / 1245-1300 in Nampa - Press Briefing

WHERE: 3rd street railroad crossing Meridian at 0730 / 1313 1st St North Nampa railroad depot at 1300

WHO: The "Officer on the Train" program is sponsored by Boise Valley Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Idaho State Police, Idaho Operation Lifesaver, as well as, city and county agencies in those areas. The briefing will include: Travis Campbell state coordinator for Idaho Operation Lifesaver and officers from the agencies involved.

WHY: 2017 Idaho had 15 incidents and 4 resulted in fatal injuries. An incident happens about every three hours between a train and a motorist/pedestrian. We would like to change motorists' behavior and ultimately save lives.

OPPORTUNITIES: There is an opportunity for the media representatives to ride in the locomotive cab. If motorists violate the law by ignoring the signals, you may be able to obtain video of officers issuing citations to drivers. If your station wants a timeslot riding in the cab of the locomotive, you must make arrangements ASAP. It will be first come first serve.
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Idaho State Police and Local Agencies
Idaho Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Travis Campbell

CONTACT: Travis D Campbell 208-412-2481
State Coordinator, Idaho Operation Lifesaver