Kansas City Southern and the Marshall Police teamed up to conduct an operation lifesaver “Officer on a Train” event Tuesday to promote public safety at railroad grade crossings.  Click to hear KMZU’s Jill Molloy talk with Marshall Officer Richard Gibson:

Audio: Richard Gibson

Press Release from the Kansas City Southern:

Kansas City, Mo., February 7, 2011 – Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) announced today that it is partnering with the Marshall Police Department to conduct an Operation Lifesaver “Officer on a Train” event at the KCS crossings in Marshall, Mo., starting at 11:00 a.m. on February 8, in an effort to promote public safety at railroad grade crossings.

“KCSR takes its position as a positive corporate citizen very seriously and we are committed to improving public safety in the communities where we operate,” said Allen Pepper, KCSR director public safety.  “We are pleased to join forces with local law enforcement to raise awareness about the importance of safety at highway rail grade crossings and the dangers of trespassing on railroad rights of way.”
During the Officer on a Train event, law enforcement officers will be stationed on a moving KCSR train and at nearby crossings, watching for grade crossing violations.  Motorists who do not heed the law may be issued a citation.
Officer on a Train is a safety program that brings local, county and state law enforcement officers into the locomotive cab to observe problems at highway-rail grade crossings and to assist enforcement of motor vehicle laws at railroad crossings.
Operation Lifesaver is an international, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroads’ rights of way.  To accomplish its mission, Operation Lifesaver promotes education, engineering and enforcement.  Operation Lifesaver makes free safety presentations to any group, from child to senior citizen, to encourage safe decisions around railroad tracks and railroad rights-of-way.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City Southern is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama.  Its primary U.S. holding is KCSR, serving the central and south central U.S.  Its international holdings include Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V., serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal.  KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.