"It`s our goal, it`s our mission today to make sure people are observing safety at the railroad crossings," said Michael Nason of the Ward County Sheriff's Department.
Minot took part in North Dakota`s "Officer on the Train" event to educate the public about rail safety.
"Public law enforcement agencies are important partners of Canadian Pacific, so today we`re partnering with them to give them a train crew view of rail crossing safety, as well as helping them to educate the public about these laws," added Andy Cummings, a member of Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ward County Sheriff`s Department and the Minot Police Department teamed up with Amtrak, Canadian Pacific Railways and the BNSF Railway Company to watch for rail crossing violations.
"It`s just so important that people obey these laws because too often the consequence can be fatal," stated Cummings.
In 2012 alone, there were 27 vehicle-train accidents that resulted in 16 injuries and 4 deaths in North Dakota.
"At the end of the day, trains always win and people have to realize that. They want to get to their destinations safely and it`s absolutely imperative that they stop at those crossings", said Nason.
If you`re caught illegally passing through a train crossing in North Dakota, it`s a $50.00 fine and 3 points on your license.
"I think a lot of it has to do with increased traffic everywhere in the state. Anytime you have more people crossing in front of a train at those crossings, unfortunately those incidents are going to increase," commented Craig Erickson, an officer with the Canadian Pacific Police Service.
It can take more than a mile for a fully loaded freight train to come to a complete stop. Taking that into consideration, local law enforcement says keeping yourself safe comes down to just three words, "The message is simple: look, listen, live," concluded Nason.
No railroad violations were observed on the day of the event.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-03-09 05:06:58 GMT
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points. Followed by Minot with 323 points. North Fargo took home 3rd place overall at 297 points. West
The Century Patriots took home 1st place overall in the Swim and Dive State event finishing with 349 points.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:37 GMT
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set. On the girls side Bismarck High won the tournament with a 64 to 61 win over Century. Both
The West Region Class A boys and girls basketball season concluded play today, and the state qualifiers are set.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:04 AM EST2014-03-09 05:04:04 GMT
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks. Fargo Oak Groves defeated Rugby 68 to 58 in overtime fashion. North Star defeated the Lions from Linton-HMB 60 to 49 in the
The Class B Boys season wrapped up the state tournament tonight in Grand Forks.
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 AM EST2014-03-09 05:00:06 GMT
Chair-lifts were packed and tube runs were full, as hundreds of families enjoyed a day at the Bottineau Winter Park. But Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening
Saturday was no ordinary day in the Turtle Mountains. It's was the grand opening of Annie's House, a new ski-lodge and adaptive center.
Evangelist Franklin Graham prayed on a sidewalk outside the Pentagon Thursday after his invitation to a prayer service inside was withdrawn because of comments that insulted people of other religions. More>>
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota! If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them. Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday. As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.