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Windsor PD joins ‘Operation Clear Track’

The Windsor Police Department joined forces with Virginia’s State Police and more than 600 law enforcement departments Sept. 21 for “Operation Clear Track,” the largest single law enforcement railroad safety operation in the United States.

During the operation, law enforcement personnel are stationed at targeted railroad crossings and other locations handing out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians and issuing warnings and citations to violators. The goal of the operation is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks.

In Windsor, officers were stationed at the intersection of Routes 460 and 258 and the six-way intersection at Bank Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., both of which are located near the Norfolk Southern railroad line.

According to federal statistics, every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. Operation Clear Track is an effort by the public safety nonprofit 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, held Sept. 20-26 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.