Operation Care Cracking Down on Railroad Crossing Violators

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It may sound like common sense not to cross the railroad tracks when a train is coming, but people take that chance everyday. That is why Odessa Police and Union Pacific Railroad teamed up for Operation Care.

"So no one will get hurt that includes our citizens and the engineers and conductors on those trains," Corporal Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, said.

A train barreling down the tracks at 55 miles per hour takes more than a mile to stop.

One railroad crossing accident happened earlier this year inside the city limits of Odessa.

"A train can't stop on a dime, people have to understand railroad tracks are private property, you cant stop or park on their property," Carruth said.

In just three and a half hours, Odessa Police ticketed 17 drivers for railroad related violations.

"Don't beat those arms, they are there for a reason. What is a few, five, or ten minutes and then go about your day," Carruth said.