Eyewitness News was out with police Tuesday walking railroad tracks across Cabarrus County watching for trespassers as part of a two-day enforcement effort that police said will help save lives.
According to police, there has been an increase in the number of incidents related to people walking on or near railroad tracks in Cabarrus County and 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 police caught up to him, they wrote him a warning.
He told officers that he did not realize why what he was doing was illegal, but police said it is and that you can be arrested.
Railroad police said many people do not realize how dangerous it is and point out that even if a train conductor sees someone on the tracks that it can take some trains over a mile to stop.
That is why railroad police and officers with different departments in Cabarrus County were out not only looking for offenders, but also passing out flyers to schools and businesses that back up to the tracks.
"Railroad tracks are not a short cut; they are not an area to hang out. It is not a playground for kids, it is an area that you need to stay away from," said Special Agent Rodney Spencer.
Officers will be back out in the area on Wednesday.
They said the only safe place to get from one side of the tracks to the other is at a crossing.