CONWAY, Ark.- The Conway Police Department teamed up with Union Pacific Railroad Company Wednesday to watch for drivers who violate railroad crossing signage.
Officers not only had an opportunity to ride the train and experience what conductors see, but they also were stationed at different crossings to check if drivers were actually stopping.
In a matter of two hours, we caught four drivers that did not stop and they were ticketed.
“Those are active traffic warning devices. Those aren’t just railroad signals,” explained Brandon Morris with Union Pacific.
Morris went on to say these train weight anywhere from 10,000 to 25,000 tons and take about a mile to come to a full stop.
Conway Police often monitors the crossings within the city and tickets drivers who do not comply.
“It’s not that the officers want to pick on you or write tickets that day it’s for your safety,” explains LaTresha Woodruff with CPD.
Woodruff said her department has caught drivers attempting to sneak under the crossing arms before the train arrives at the crossing.
“Pay close attention because when those lights come on you are suppose to stop.”
Tickets for these types of violations run about $210.
The department and Union Pacific try to team up once a year for this exercise.