Highland Police Ask Residents to Report Stopped Trains

“The public is encouraged to call the Lake County 911 Center when railroad crossings are found to be blocked by a stopped train for more than 10 minutes. ” Highland Police Department

March 7, 2018-Highland Police say they are stepping up enforcement of trains blocking railroad tracks in the Town and they need help from citizens. In a written statement, Highland Police encourage residents to call 9-1-1 when a train is stopped at a crossing for more than ten minutes. Residents of Highland and Hammond have long complained of trains blocking roadways during times when children must travel to and from school.

Highland Police say they have written 14 citations to stopped trains so far this year. “In 2017, the Highland Police Department responded to a total of 53 complaints of stopped trains blocking railroad crossings in Highland. There were a total of 24 citations issued to the railroads regarding those complaints. . . .The Highland Police Department realizes the safety risk and the inconvenience this causes motorists when stopped trains block our railroad crossings in Highland. We take a strong stance against these violations and citations are issued to the railroads on those complaints that are confirmed by our officers.”

The public is encouraged to call the Lake County 911 Center when railroad crossings are found to be blocked by a stopped train for more than 10 minutes. An officer will then be dispatched to check on the complaint. We also urge the public to register a complaint with the U.S.D.O.T. Federal Railroad Administration Region 4 by calling 1-800-724-5040.

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2 Comments

  1. Back in the 60-70’s stopped trains were a problem because of all the rail traffic through Griffith/Highland.
    Then from 1976 through 2009, the trains mostly went away because most of the tracks we’re removed. For 33 years most people forgot how it was.
    Once Canadian National Railroad purchased The Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway from U.S. Steel in 2009, traffic started to pickup.
    After CN did the upgrades at Griffith, Matteson and other locations on their system, traffic started to surge. With the surge came more traffic delays both road and rail.
    Now history is repeating itself!
    Wow!

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