Task force targeting train track trespassers
May 21, 2014
Railroad police are targeting lawbreakers on the Central Coast this week. [KCOY]
Union Pacific Railroad Special Police set up a task force focused on keeping people off the tracks and keeping drivers from going around the crossing signs when they are activated. The officers are also working to educate the public that they can only cross the tracks at pedestrian designated crossings.
“If you are not at a designated crossing for pedestrians or automobiles, at that point you are trespassing on railroad property,” said Rexford Leong, a train conductor to KCOY. “You have to wait until the gates are totally up and the lights stop flashing and the bells stop ringing. That is a good time to cross. Any other time is not a good time.”
The cost for a trespassing ticket in violation of the railroad right of way is $471.