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Kansas Highway Patrol Launches “Operation Clear Track” to Improve Rail Safety

TOPEKA, Kan. (KPR) – According to federal statistics, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train every three hours in the United States. With that grim statistic in mind, the Kansas Highway Patrol will join Amtrak Police and others for “Operation Clear Track” on Tuesday.

The goal of “Operation Clear Track” is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks.

During National Rail Safety Week(link is external), which runs from September 19-25, law enforcement officials will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossings, handing out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians and issuing warnings and citations to violators.

More than 2,000 people are injured or killed every year in crossing and trespassing incidents in North America. More than 50% of those collisions occur at crossings equipped with lights and/or gates.