INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will monitor railroad crossings this week as part of Indiana Rail Safety Week.
Gov. Mike Pence has declared Aug. 25 through Aug. 31 as Indiana Rail Safety Week.
Executive Director Jessica Feder of Indiana Operation Lifesaver says laws on obeying railroad traffic signals and laws regarding pedestrians trespassing on railroad rights of way will be strictly enforced.
Indiana Operation Lifesaver has scheduled law enforcement blitzes throughout the state this week. There also will be public service announcements, safety information distributed on college campuses, and posters on South Shore commuter trains.
The group says Indiana last year had 106 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 17 fatalities and 38 other injuries. It also had 11 deaths among people trespassing on train tracks.