State Troopers, MoDOT Staffers, Railroad Officials to Remind Motorists of Railway Safety

With an increase in crossing crashes and trespass fatalities, Operation Lifesaver will participate in positive enforcement activities in St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson Counties.

(The following press release was issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.)

Captain Ronald S. Johnson, commanding officer of Troop C, Weldon Spring, announced that on August 22-23, 2012, Troop C will be working with members of the Missouri Operation Lifesaver program in St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and Jefferson County to raise the awareness level for railroad crossing safety and trespass prevention.

This will be accomplished by Operation Lifesaver team members visiting with motorists briefly in advance of certain railroad crossings. Team members will be reminding drivers about railroad safety tips as they approach crossings throughout the counties.

Operation Lifesaver team members will consist of troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol; officers from local law enforcement agencies; representatives from Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway, Missouri Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration; and Operation Lifesaver volunteers.

Over the past two and a half years, seven crossing crashes have occurred in these three counties, resulting in one fatality and two injuries. In addition, during the same time frame, eight trespass incidents have resulted in five fatalities and five injuries.


For more information on Operation Lifesaver, contact Rick Mooney, Missouri Operation Lifesaver state coordinator, at 573-634-4113 (office) or 573-230-3284 (cell). For additional information or statistics, please visit the state website at www.ShowMeOL.org or the national website at www.oli.org.

BP August 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
17. Why the railroad isn't required to raise their overpasses so big trucks can get under them? The railroad wants to double stack and our road overpasses are too low---no problem WE PAY MILLIONS. 18. Why drug/alcohol tests aren't done on rail crews at crossing/pedestrian collisions? 19. Why railroads are allowed to get off with the train black box , signal black box (if crossing signals are present), and cab video at crossing/pedestrian collisions? 20. Why the fact is hidden that trains kill a few thousand people in 100 million train miles when regular drivers have like ONE death? 21.Why Amtrak passengers aren't required to look at the despicable shape of the crossings before they board the trains? 22.Why train horns aren't blown at private crossings till the last second freezing drivers? 23.Why the railroads track lights can't be at a crossing? 24 .Why railroads need track lights and civilians don't? WAITING FOR OLI/OLI.CA response.
BP August 12, 2012 at 05:17 PM
9. Why the front of trains aren't required to have air bags or something to soften impacts? 10. Why trains don't have better braking systems? OLIs message now shows train brakes obviously suck. 11. Why there are no bidding invitations on the obviously overcharged crossing projects the tax-payers pay the railroads for. $10,000 just to get the equipment to the sight. TRUCKED IN. 12. Why trains are allowed to run in the fog? 13. Why the crossings aren't lit up so drivers can see the black rail cars across the tracks at night? 14. Why railroads remove and steal signals we paid for on closed re-worked crossings? 15. Why $$$millions$$$ of the rail safety budget we pay in is wasted on needless reworks at crossings preventing signals where needed? 16. Why the railroad isn't required to de-ice crossings before they roll the trains?
BP August 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Things a REAL railroad Operation Lifesaver (OL) group would ask!!! 1. Why are all OL directors handpuppets of the railroad or government only giving lip service safety messages? 2. Why nothing is ever mentioned by OL that would cost the railroads a penny on the obviously missing safety equipment and track maintenance work? 3. Where are the crossing safety signals for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering at 1,000s of crossings? 4. Where are the track video monitors for the trains going too fast with no brakes or steering to get the train stopped IN TIME? 5. Why aren't railroads paying at least half for crossing signals because it's their trains going too fast with no brakes or steering while paying the so-called RR directors millions a year. 6. Why the crossing humps trapping big trucks aren't required to be removed? 7. Why the crossing surfaces aren't wider where if a vehicle fish tails on slick road and is trapped at the edge of the crossing surface trap? 8. Why the train cabs aren't required to be lit up like a Christmas tree with emergency vehicle light bars? LOOK AND SEE!!
BP August 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/14/national/14rail.html The train ride, staged for police officers and judges to demonstrate how drivers dart in front of trains, was part of a publicity campaign developed by a nonprofit rail-safety group called Operation Lifesaver. The group's message - which emphasizes the role of drivers, not the railroads, in causing crossing accidents - echoes the railroad industry's consistent courtroom defense. The invitation, the judge said, "offended me."
BP August 12, 2012 at 05:26 PM
http://www.fra.dot.gov/downloads/safety/grxing_summary.pdf page 11. Let's see. Like 80% of the passive collisions would be eliminated with lights and gates per our government. The other 20% ---failed signals---Railroad fault short timed signals ---railroad fault vehicles stalled---railroad fault (no video equipment} vehicles hung up on the humps---railroad fault the second train blocking the view of the moving train---railroad fault for not staggering trains icy unattended approaches-- railroad fault sun glare blocked out signals---railroad fault (signals and trains lighting sucks} failed vehicle brakes--- No fault either way driver medical problems --no fault either way--- driver accidentally hits accelerator---no fault either way vehicle is rear ended and knocked onto crossing ---railroads fault (the approaches suck) FACTS a real Operation Lifesaver would be stating instead of downplaying gate importance. Civilians ran down like dogs ---Railroads fault . No lookouts ---video equipment.
BP August 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Please remove trespass fatalities. By Missouri law the greedy f--- railroads are too cheap to have the proper equipment to qualify. http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c500-599/5690000145.htm Purple paint required http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c500-599/5690000140.htm Fences required
avg joe August 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
that "BP" commenter is an idiot.
BP August 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
"""Rick Mooney, Missouri Operation Lifesaver state coordinator""" Rick Mooney was MoDOTs railroad guy in 1998. I asked him "Why did you let BNSF steal three sets of crossing lights when they put gates in on main street and why weren't they moved to this blind, jungled out crossing?" His answer " They had cracked wiring" My answer "Well I got wire and a soldering iron you ssob" Guess he did such a good job covering for the railroads they made sure he is their phony safety front.


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