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Marshfield stepping up traffic enforcement near railroad crossings

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marshfield police are actively enforcing traffic regulations at the city’s train crossings. The stepped-up enforcement is due to the rash of car and train crashes happening recently. Police Chief Gary Jepsen said, “This is a safety issue. This isn’t a citation or a revenue issue, it never has been. Safety is paramount.”

The chief says the biggest issue is where vehicles need to stop. Jepsen says, “There’s a sign at each one of those intersections when a car is southbound, and that sign is very clear. It says that drivers are expected to stop here on red. That I think is either being ignored or missed.” Besides stopping well short of the tracks as indicated, motorists also cannot turn right on red at those intersections. Finally, Jepsen says that if someone is in the path of a train, don’t want worry about citations, just get off the tracks!

City officials have already changed timing on the stoplights at those train crossings to give even more time for the tracks to be cleared, and are making plans to purchase new traffic controllers in an effort to prevent any future accidents.