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Hinsdale police join regional effort to educate public on railroad safety

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 4:00 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – In the Village of Hinsdale, there are currently five railroad grade crossings that present a conflict potential between a train and a pedestrian or motorist.

On May 20, the Hinsdale Police Department will be joining a Chicagoland regional effort to curb violations along the tracks. Police will be enforcing a zero-tolerance campaign and issuing citations for unlawful behavior, according to a news release from the Hinsdale Police Department.

In Illinois, no pedestrian shall enter, remain upon or walk over a railroad grade crossing when an audible bell or clearly visible electric device is operational giving warning of the railroad train. When operating a vehicle, no person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or being opened or closed.

Violating either of these laws will result in a mandatory court appearance, a $250 fine for the first offense and may include community service, said the release.

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