The Marana Police Department and Union Pacific Police Department are conducting a joint traffic enforcement operation targeting railroad crossings on Monday and Tuesday from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Officers will be enforcing traffic violations, such as failing to stop for railroad crossing signals, driving around crossing arms and stopping on the tracks. Fines for these violations average $200 to $350.
The goal of this detail is to educate drivers and pedestrians about the dangers of failing to obey railroad crossing signals.
Between January 2010 and December 2014:
- There have been three major incidents at railroad crossings, most frequently Cortaro Road.
- There have been 19 struck crossing arms (gates that lower when train is approaching), most often at Ina Road.
- There have been 17 reports of unsafe drivers, usually at Ina Road.
The safety detail is part of the Operation Lifesaver Program.