WHAT: Media representatives are invited to ride in the cab of a locomotive with Union Pacific Police and local law enforcement officers, while they observe motorists’ behavior at railroad grade crossings.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Freight trains traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. The event is part of Union Pacific’s Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety (UP CARES) program, which brings together communities in a collaborative and caring effort to promote railroad crossing and pedestrian safety.
Officers riding inside the locomotive will observe motorist behavior at railroad crossings and dispatch officers positioned nearby, if motorists ignore signals and warnings. Additionally, officers will be looking for pedestrians crossing or walking on the tracks. This is a joint operation, combining efforts and resources from the Jonesboro Police Dept. and Union Pacific Police.
WHEN: Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
WHERE: Media representatives interested in riding in the locomotive’s cab must meet at the Jonesboro Railroad Depot, 100 Madison Street, at 9 a.m. for a safety briefing. Point of contact on-site will be Special Agent Aaron Parsons, who can be reached at 901-930-7876. Union Pacific spokesperson Kristen South will be available via phone for discussions on the railroad’s strategic safety outreach and public safety campaigns.
For safety reasons, anyone planning to ride in the cab of the locomotive must wear pants (no shorts) and closed-toe shoes with a low, defined heel – no tennis shoes or high heels. Persons without proper footwear will not be allowed to ride. Casual dress is recommended.
Kristen South at 402-544-3435 or firstname.lastname@example.org