event to promote public safety at rail crossings
Kansas City Southern is partnering with the Poteau Police Department to conduct an Operation Lifesaver “Officer on a Train” event today to promote public safety at railroad grade crossings.The event will start at 4 p.m. at the Dewey Street crossing in Poteau.“KCS takes its position as a positive corporate citizen very seriously and we are committed to improving public safety in the communities where we operate,” said Allen Pepper, KCS director public safety. “We are pleased to join forces with local law enforcement to raise awareness about the importance of safety at highway rail grade crossings and the dangers of trespassing on railroad rights of way.”During the Officer on a Train event, law enforcement officers will be stationed on a moving KCS train and at nearby crossings, watching for grade crossing violations. Motorists who do not heed the law may be issued a citation.Officer on a Train is a safety program that brings local, county and state law enforcement officers into the locomotive cab to observe problems at highway-rail grade crossings and to assist enforcement of motor vehicle laws at railroad crossings.Operation Lifesaver is an international, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroads’ rights of way. To accomplish its mission, Operation Lifesaver promotes education, engineering and enforcement.Operation Lifesaver makes free safety presentations to any group, from child to senior citizen, to encourage safe decisions around railroad tracks and railroad rights-of-way.