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Union Pacific Railroad educating motorists on train traffic laws

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Union Pacific Railroad and local enforcement officers are riding the rails looking for motorists who run the trains flashing lights. Union Pacific Railroad and local enforcement officers are riding the rails looking for motorists who run the trains flashing lights.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Your safety around railroad tracks is something you shouldn't take for granted.

In fact, when you hear the horn, it's designed to alert you about the dangers. And so are the crossing gates. But some people still risk it and try to beat the train.

As part of its education efforts, Union Pacific Railroad and local enforcement officers are riding the rails with an eye on traffic.

One area of concern, the Singing Hills intersection near Highway 75. There have been more broken crossing arm incidents there than anywhere else in Iowa, 20 in the past three years.

For Tuesday night's safety check, an officer on the train alerts a nearby squad car when a driver breaks the law. That offender is then tracked down and ticketed.

"You can have train movement in any direction at any time. So, you know, the railroad tracks are on private property, people should stay away from the private property and stay away from the trains," said Perry Garcia, Union Pacific Railroad Manager of Operating Practice.

A ticket for stopping your car on the tracks will cost you a little under $200. If you cross when the lights are flashing, it'll run you more than $300. If you break a crossing gate, it'll cost $500 to replace it.

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