Police cracking down on drivers who violate train crossing rules

Starting Wednesday, local police agencies will be stationed at railroad crossings enforcing traffic laws.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With trains passing through Aggieland several times a day, railroad crossings can be dangerous and congested places. That's why police will be cracking down Thursday on drivers who break railroad crossing rules. 

Drivers breaking the rules is a common sight for one driver. 

"I think it's insane," said Amanda Stroh. "I mean, they make body bags in every size so they're  obviously in a hurry to get one."

She says drivers try to outrun trains and often try to go around the security arms that come down. 

That's why police are taking a stand. 

"Worst thing that can is you get struck by a train and that's one thing we want to try to prevent happen," said Tony Gonzales with the College Station Traffic Enforcement Unit. 

On Wednesday, officers will be out watching. 

"We're going to have an engine on the tracks between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and that's what we're going to be looking for are railroad violations," said Gonzales. 

He urges drivers to stay behind the white line when a train is passing and look both ways several times before crossing the tracks when the arms aren't down. 

Police also say it's a good idea to turn the radio and air conditioning down so you can hear if a train is approaching or not. 

Pedestrians can even get criminal trespass charges if they are walking on the tracks. That's because the tracks are private property. 



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