Op­er­a­tion Life­saver: Keep­ing safety on track

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

The Union Pa­cific Rail­road’s Safety Train rum­bled back and forth through Man­teca for three hours Tues­day morn­ing.

The 7 to 10 a.m. ef­fort was part of Op­er­a­tion Life­saver de­signed to warn and ed­u­cate mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans alike of the dan­gers of ig­nor­ing rail cross­ings when the gates are down and the red lights are flash­ing. There were no ci­ta­tions is­sued, but mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans alike were coun­seled about the dan­gers of ig­nor­ing warn­ing de­vices at rail­road cross­ings as well as the fines they can in­cur if they are caught break­ing the law.

“About ev­ery three hours a per­son or ve­hi­cle is hit by a train across the coun­try,” a UP spokesman said.

Rail Safety Week is pro­moted ev­ery year from Sept. 24-30.

Two Man­teca Po­lice of­fi­cers were po­si­tioned at the South Main Street cross­ing near Man­teca’s down­town where stu­dents and oth­ers have con­tin­u­ally been warned about try­ing to beat on­com­ing trains by cross­ing the tracks when cross­ing arms are down for an on­com­ing train. It was noted that Op­er­a­tion Life­saver

has been work­ing for years “to em­power peo­ple” to keep them­selves safe around rail­road tracks.

Two other pa­trol­men were sta­tioned at the Yosemite Av­enue cross­ing south of Li­brary Park where there have been nu­mer­ous sui­cides

by train.

The mis­sion of Rail Safety Week is to end col­li­sions, deaths and to in­spire safety at rail­road cross­ing and on rail­road prop­erty through a na­tion­wide net­work of vol­un­teers who work to ed­u­cate the public about rail safety.

Photo con­tributed

Man­teca Of­fi­cer Javier Mon­tanez hands a safety pam­phlet to a mo­torist at one of Man­teca’s cross­ings. No ci­ta­tions were is­sued with mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans be­ing coun­seled on the need to stop when the red lights are flash­ing.

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