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Trooper on a Train

Posted on Mar 08, 2016

MERIDIAN - A task force of police officers from the Idaho State Police, the Boise Police Department and the Meridian Police Department will be participating in the "Trooper on a Train" operation Wednesday, March 9, 2016. This entails a member of the Idaho State Police riding on a train throughout the Treasure Valley in "Operation Lifesaver" involving county and city law enforcement who will be observing traffic patterns at various intersecting streets crossing railroad tracks. Those officers will be writing traffic citations to those drivers engaging in failure to yield the right-of-way to trains when traffic signals are employed as well as any other traffic violations. 

To date this year, the Idaho State police report that there have been 5 collisions between trains and vehicles including the death of a 26-yr-old driver in Nampa this year. Last year there were reported 9 vehicle/train collisions resulting in two fatalities. There were also 4 individuals injured in pedestrian/train accidents last year, too.

The "Trooper on a Train" is designed to create a greater public awareness of the risk associated with injury and death as a result of drivers’ failure to act in a reasonable manner when approaching a railroad crossing.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed!

When approaching a railroad crossing, stop, look and listen for traffic trains traveling on the rails. Not only can you avoid a citation, the life you save may be that of your own or that of a loved one!

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer