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Gering PD and Union Pacific team up at local railroad crossings

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Two tickets and six warnings were issued Tuesday afternoon to motorists practicing unsafe procedures at Gering railroad crossings.

The Union Pacific Railroad's ‘Operation Lifesaver' team set up shop with Gering PD at the rail crossings to make sure motorists were being safe.

The Operation, titled ‘CARE,'  for Crossing Accident Reduction Education, set out to inform drivers and pedestrians about how to properly and safely cross over train tracks.

Union Pacific Manager of Operating Practices, Jason Perry, says it's important to have these types of events because everyone in the area crosses a railroad crossing at some point each day.  

"The most important thing is to look both ways, even though the crossing gates are going up, there could be a train at any time, in any direction. Just make sure the gates go completely up and the lights stop flashing before you go across the crossing. That's one of the most important things."

The average cost of a ticket for crossing the railroad tracks before the arms are completely up and the lights stop flashing can be over $100.

Perry says the railroad and the police department plans to conduct ‘CARE' operations on a more frequent basis.

He says Operation Lifesaver volunteers want to reach as many people in the area as possible.

"We try to go to all the schools, a lot of the trucking companies around the area, anybody and everybody, because everybody crosses a crossing in this area at some point every day," Perry said.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that conducts train and railroad safety seminars to groups and organizations in the area to increase public awareness and education.

To find out more about Operation Lifesaver, or to request a presentation, visit www.oli.org.

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