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November 5, 2012

Purdue police: Walking across railroad tracks at random spots illegal

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are reminding members of the campus community who park in recently constructed lots south of campus around South Russell Street and Ahlers Drive to walk across railroad tracks only at designated crossings.

"We've had several reports of people parking and crossing the tracks at various spots and not using the approved crossings," Purdue police Capt. Eric Chin said. "People need to know this can be dangerous, and it can get them fined or even arrested. The tracks also are privately owned, and it is illegal to be on railway property without consent."

The parking areas on the southern part of campus are serviced by CityBus, and police urge those parking beyond the tracks to use the free service to get to the main part of campus. Those who do walk must cross the railroad tracks at the South Russell Street crossing.

Information and a list of safety tips, provided by the Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Education program, is available at http://oli.org/education-resources/pedestrian-safety

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Eric Chin, 765-494-8221, ehchin@purdue.edu