Operation Clear Track
Today Bay St. Louis police officers were stopping drivers in the city, but instead of handing them tickets they were passing out railroad safety cards.
As part of Operation Clear Track sponsored by Amtrak, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., officers were stationed at South Toulme Street and South 2nd Street, the city’s two busiest railroad grade crossings. Officers stopped each driver who approached the tracks and reminded them of the correct way to cross a railroad track.
Sergeant Nathaniel Austin Stanton said “Even if the lights are going off, you still need to look both ways and make sure the train tracks are clear. A majority of the crossings in our city have crossing arms. However, this one, particularly at South 2nd, does not. So, people do need to be aware of that when the lights and things are going off and the sirens and stuff, they need to be paying attention.”
A few tips to remember when crossing the tracks: never attempt to outrun an approaching train and never begin to drive across the tracks unless you can get all the way across.