Stepped-Up Enforcement to be Expected at ToP Railroad Crossing Today
09/24/2019- The force of a freight train hitting a car is equivalent to the force of a car hitting an aluminum soda can and that means motorists are almost twenty times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than a crash involving another motor vehicle. This week, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are taking part in Operation Clear track to emphasize public education and enforcement related to rail crossing safety. Today, officers will be targeting rail crossings with high levels of motorist and train traffic to watch for those trespassing on rail property or drivers who disobey crossing signs and signals and that includes a hot spot of train versus car crashes in the Town of Peshtigo at US 41 and Country Meadows Road. Officers in the area will distribute railroad safety cards to motorists, which offer tips and information about rail crossing safety and dangers of trespassing on railroad property. In 2018 in Wisconsin, there were 39 train-related crashes that resulted in 12 injuries and four fatalities.