Deputies to Monitor Train Crossings

DECATUR- Illinois is the third leading state for people dying after being struck by train, so there's a statewide push to educate people about the dangers
    IDOT reports that last year 21 people died when driving in front of trains, another 25 died when struck on foot.  Another 67 were injured.
    Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider says his deputies will be doing special enforcement.
    He says they have train schedules and will have deputies on either side of high volume crossings.
    Schneider says that violators will be ticketed, but he's hoping people use common sense.
    "We want people to be voluntarily compliant with the laws,"  Schneider says.  "I think there's a lot of times that a lot of people that are out there become frustrated and we too are frustrated, whenever we have to wait for a train.  But obviously, when the lights are flashing and the train is coming, or the gates are down, it's no time to go ahead and cross the tracks."
    More than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week.  Macon County will begin their enforcement Wednesday.

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