Arlington officers cite 12 for driving around railroad crossing arms

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ARLINGTON — In two hours, Arlington police issued 12 citations Tuesday morning to motorists who drove around lowered crossing arms at the city’s eight at-grade railroad crossings, said Sgt. Christopher Cook, a police spokesman.

The department conducts the enforcement every six months in an attempt to reduce train-vehicle collisions.

According to Operation Lifesaver, a rail safety education group, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every three hours in the United States. In Arlington, there were three such collisions in 2010, one in 2011 and one at a private crossing last year that caused a truck driver’s death.

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