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Troop D Headquarters, 3131 East Kearney, Springfield, Missouri 65803


For further information please contact: Sergeant Jason M. Pace
September 21, 2017

EMPHASIS: Officer On A Train Event Scheduled In Springfield, MO

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF), Greene County Sheriff’s Office, and Springfield Police Department will host an Officer on a Train event on Tuesday, September 26, to promote public safety at railroad crossings in Springfield, MO. The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. with a safety briefing at the 300 North Main Street crossing. Missouri Operation Lifesaver Coordinator Tim Hull and Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Pace will be present and available for interviews.

In this Officer on a Train event, law enforcement and BNSF work together to provide officers a unique, real-time perspective of motorist and pedestrian activity as a train moves through the community by placing them into a locomotive cab. Meanwhile, other law enforcement officers are stationed along the railroad right-of-way, watching for crossing and trespasser violations and issuing citations.

Law enforcement and BNSF are staunch supporters of Operation Lifesaver Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1972, and dedicated to rail safety public education. Operation Lifesaver has partnered with federal safety agencies and the nation’s railroads for the See Tracks? Think Train! campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about risky pedestrian and driver behavior around railroad tracks. National Rail Safety Week is Sept. 24–30, 2017.

For more information, please contact: Operation Lifesaver Coordinator Tim Hull, 573-694-6412, thull.mool21@gmail.com.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every other driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”