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Posted: 11:23 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013
CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. —
Police were out walking the tracks Tuesday afternoon in Cabarrus County, looking for people trespassing on railroad property.
It's part of a two-day enforcement effort that police say will help save lives.
There has been an increase in the number of incidents related to people walking on or near railroad tracks in Cabarrus County. This year, there have been two people killed.
Eyewitness News was with police Tuesday morning when they spotted a man walking down tracks in Concord. When they caught up to him, they wrote him a warning.
He told officers he didn't realize what he was doing was illegal.
Railroad police said many people don't realize how dangerous it is and point out that even if a train conductor sees someone on the tracks, it can take some trains more than a mile to stop.
Railroad police and officers with departments in Cabarrus County were out not only looking for offenders, but also passing out flyers with information to schools and business that back up to tracks.
Officers will be back out in the area Wednesday.
They say the only safe place to get from one side of the tracks to the other is at designated crossings.
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