Maitland Police stepping up enforcement at railroad crossings

The Maitland Police Department is sending a message about the need for extra precautions at railroad crossings in the city with the increase in train activity and even busier roadways.

The department has promised stepped up enforcement in those areas through the end of April.

"Maybe people would be more cautious if they knew they would get a ticket," said Lauren Coletti, a driver.

"I always try to slow down, and I'm always expecting there to be lights that come down," said Eric Rodriguez, another driver.

A SunRail train slammed into an SUV on Wednesday on East Horatio and North Maitland Avenues. No one was hurt, but the severity of the impact could be seen through the damage to the SUV.

Last May in Maitland, a train hit a car on the same tracks very close by.

Maitland police have made it a point to mention badly behaving drivers as their targets, as well as those who may not be paying as much attention as they should in heavy traffic where they could get stuck on the tracks.

"If a car is in front of me, and they're stopped, I was always taught to wait and never stop on the tracks no matter what," Coletti said. "It's not worth it. It's not worth hurting myself or any other people."

The stepped up enforcement begins March 30.

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