December 04, 2015
Recently, KCSR, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver and local law enforcement collaborated on two public safety events.
On November 25, an Officer on a Train event was conducted by KCSR, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Operation Lifesaver, focusing on the Labarre Road crossing in Metairie, La., where frequent motorist violations had been observed in the past. Over three hours, 24 citations were issued – two were to motorists who stopped their vehicles on the track and 22 to motorists crossing the tracks when the lights were flashing.
On December 2, KCSR, the Louisiana State Police, St. John Parish deputies and Louisiana Operation Lifesaver conducted an Officer on a Train event over KCSR railroad crossings in Reserve and LaPlace, La. That event resulted in seven citations, including one school bus. WDSU NBC 6 covered the event on their morning broadcast.
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.
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.