February 19, 2016
On February 17, KCSR hosted an Officer on a Train event with the Port Arthur Police Department. In two hours of the morning drive, police made 16 traffic stops and issued 26 citations on multiple trips over four grade crossings. KBMT 12 News was on scene to cover the event and help spread the public safety message.
In an Officer on a Train event, KCSR works with local law enforcement to bring officers into a locomotive cab for a unique, real-time perspective of motorist and pedestrian activity as a train moves through the community. Meanwhile, other law enforcement officers are stationed along the railroad right of way, watching for crossing and trespasser violations and issuing citations.
Special thanks to KCSR locomotive engineer Larry Caldwell, conductor Phillip Lindsey, brakeman Eric Brown, road foreman of engines Dugan Shry, special agent Shane Bertrand, terminal director Jeff Rogers and yardmaster Jevon Johnson, who all participated in the event. Johnson is also a volunteer Operation Lifesaver presenter for the area. Special thanks also to the six Port Arthur Police Department officers who participated in the event.
KCSR is a staunch supporter of Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a non-profit organization founded in 1972 and dedicated to rail safety public education. Operation Lifesaver has partnered with federal safety agencies and the nation’s railroads for the See Tracks? Think Train! campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about risky pedestrian and driver behavior around railroad tracks.