UPDATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Local law enforcement officers issued a thirteen citations to motorists who violated railroad crossing laws.
The Sedwick County sheriff's office, Wichita Police officers and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers partnered with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the "Cops on Rails/Officer on the Train" enforcement.
Officers issued 13 citations total during the two-hour operation, 9 of which were for violating railroad crossing statutes. Authorities also recovered one stolen vehicle.
Violators could be fined $195, plus a $100 court cost.
Officials would like to remind motorists, that when a train is approaching a railroad crossing to stop, look, listen, and live. Trains cannot stop or swerve and they always have the right-of-way.
The sheriff’s office said the agency will continue similar operations.