NACOGDOCHES, TX (PRESS RELEASE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department has concluded another enforcement effort with the Union Pacific Railroad Police today. Officers with the Traffic and Patrol Divisions worked various railroad crossings within the city limits of Nacogdoches most of Thursday morning.
Officers issued 40 citations to motorists for disregarding the railroad crossing warning devices and 11 other citations for various other offenses for a total of 51 citations.
"The police department takes railroad violations very seriously and makes every effort to enforce these laws throughout the year. About twice a year the police department is able to devote more manpower and resources to the effort," said Nacogdoches Police Lieutenant, Dan Taravella. Union Pacific Railroad works in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies through their C.A.R.E. program (Crossing Accident Reduction Effort) to enforce crossing violations and reduce the number of accidents at rail crossings.
"According to Texas law, motorists must stop at railroad crossings when lights and bells are activated, even if the crossing is not protected with crossing arms or gates," said Taravella. "Motorists are required to remain stopped at the crossing until such time as the lights, whistles or any other warning devices are deactivated."
The Nacogdoches Police will also participate in a state and federally funded STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) enforcement wave in May for Memorial Day.