News Release

 

Date 11/14/12

For Immediate Release: Operation Lifesaver

This morning, local law enforcement agencies partnered with BNSF Railroad in Operation Lifesaver which is a program aimed toward rail safety education. Operation Lifesaver’s mission is "to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety." Law Enforcement Officers with the BNSF Railroad, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Greene County Sherriff’s Dept., and Springfield Police Department took part in this education process through enforcement of Springfield city ordinance and Missouri state statute against violating motorists. Officers were positioned in areas near signaled railroad crossings, and were also riding area trains. Ten violators were stopped,  four issued citations, five issued warnings, and one issued a citation which resulted from a motorist driving through the crossing and breaking off both crossing arms.   

RSMO 300.295 (Statute)

300.295. 1. Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:

(1) A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train;
(2) A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train;
(3) An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
2. No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

106-283 – Obedience to Signal Indicating Approach of Railroad Train (City Ordinance)

Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:

(1) A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train.
(2) A crossing gate is lowered or when a flagman gives a signal of the approach of a train.
(3) A train approaching within approximately 1,500 feet of the highway crossing emits a signal audible from such distance and such train, by reasons of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard.
(4) An approaching train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.

 

Media Contact: Cpl. Matt Brown, phone 417-864-1786

Release authorized by: Lt. Brian Phillips