Officials remind drivers to practice safety near railroad crossings

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Kansas City Southern Railway worked with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning to promote public safety at railroad crossings.

The event was called "Officer on a Train." It allowed law enforcement to board a locomotive cab to see a real-time perspective of vehicle-pedestrian activity as a train moves through our community.

"We look at it from the aspect of safety," said Claude Maher, senior executive director of Operation Lifesaver Louisiana. "Because unfortunately, some people, it takes a consequence for them to be safe, but there is a certain fine. I think it starts at about $175."

The event was at the railroad crossing between Valley Street and Essen Lane in Baton Rouge.

Deputies were stationed near the right of way watching for violators and issuing citations. Officials say 57 violations were written. A First Student school bus with no children on board was cited along with a tour bus with no passengers.

A driver was pulled over for a traffic stop and fled of foot due to warrants. The driver was found about an hour later and taken into custody for traffic violations and resisting arrest.

A HazMat truck and a tanker truck were also cited.

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