WATERTOWN — Watertown Police will join with Amtrak Police and more than 600 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments for “Operation Clear Track” on Tuesday, September 21, during Rail Safety Week, September 20-26. 

The week seeks to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states across the U.S. “Operation Clear Track” is the largest single law enforcement railroad safety operation in the U.S.

During “Operation Clear Track,” agency law enforcement personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossings and other locations handing out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians and issuing warnings and citations to violators.

The Watertown location is noon to 3 p.m. at the Frost Bridge Road railroad crossing.

 The goal of Rail Safety Week’s Operation Clear Track is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness.

 Federal statistics show that every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. “Operation Clear Track” is an effort by Operation Lifesaver, Inc., Amtrak Police and law enforcement partners across the nation to raise awareness of the need for caution near railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week.

The Watertown Police Department is a state-accredited law enforcement agency that works hard every day to serve and protect citizens in. The department embraces the community-oriented policing concept with the goal of providing exceptional service through a partnership with the community.

Information about Amtrack may be found at Amtrak.com and on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.

A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI leads an international observance of Rail Safety Week each September. 

More about Rail Safety Week may be found by following OLI on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest.

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