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PLAQUEMINE - Drivers who failed to yield at train tracks in Iberville Parish were busted today.

In an effort to crack down on drivers ignoring railroad signals and warnings, Plaquemine and Union Pacific police officers were out writing tickets.

The officers rode along with the train and stopped motorists when they ignored the warnings. It's part of Union Pacific's C.A.R.E.S., or Crossing Accident Reduction and Education Safety, program.

Officers who worked the operation said these drivers got off with a ticket but warn, trying to beat the train could cost lives.

"Trying to beat a train or disobeying the crossing signals as the trains pass is very dangerous. And it's not about us writing citations or getting violations, it's about keeping people safe," said Union Pacific officer Troy Boulas.

Drivers caught violating the warnings said there should be more cross gates over the tracks.

"If a rail was there, I wouldn't have went through it. But the train was so many feet away. If there was a railroad crossing there I wouldn't have crossed it," said Josephine McClay.

Last year there were 34 accidents involving cars and trains in Louisiana. Five people were ticketed for trying to beat the train Wednesday.


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