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U.S. Rail Safety Week makes mark in Post Falls

US Rail Safety Week makes mark in...

POST FALLS, Idaho - On Tuesday morning, the third day of the first U.S. Rail Safety Week (RSW), Idaho Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, joined with Amtrak and local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement officers for "Operation Clear Track."

The operation is a one-day, three-hour surge to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in states across the U.S. "Operation Clear Track" was the largest simultaneous railroad safety law enforcement operation ever attempted in the U.S.

From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, 5 Post Falls drivers received citations for failing to correctly stop at a railroad crossing sign. The $90 citation is significantly cheaper than a human life.

The goal of U.S. Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness.  Currently, someone dies the in US every 3 hours from a railroad accident.

MORE INFO: Visit Operation Lifesaver's national website for safety tips and statistics: www.oli.org.