Cops riding the rails to stop RR crossing scofflaws

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Better stay lawful at railroad crossings between Mandan and Dickinson — the North Dakota Highway Patrol is on the train and trailing the train, looking for people violating railroad traffic laws. 

Called “Trooper on a Train,” the highway patrol says the purpose is to, “increase public awareness of the potential dangers that exist at highway-railroad grade crossings by enforcing the traffic laws that pertain to these intersections. This event also allows troopers to see traffic from the train crew’s perspective.” 

One state trooper rides in the lead locomotive of the train as a spotter, watching traffic approaching the highway-rail grade crossings as the train proceeds down the tracks. 

Other troopers pace the train or are parked at specific locations along the tracks. 

When a motorist or pedestrian is observed violating the law, the trooper on the train radios one of the other troopers, who then stops the motorist or pedestrian and explains the violation and issues a citation. 

KX News is following this story and will have more during newscasts this afternoon and evening. 

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