DOT Crossing Blitz A Success In Johnston County

Photos by John Payne
Photos by John Payne

On Wednesday, the NC Department of Transportation worked with local law enforcement to hold two simultaneous Crossing Blitzes in Johnston County.

The Crossing Blitzes were at the intersection of the railroad and Peedin Road in Smithfield and the intersection of the railroad and Ricks Road in Selma. Law enforcement officers passed out educational materials about railroad crossing safety to 632 motorists.

In 2015 so far there have been 25 known grade crossing collisions and 13 known incidents of rail trespassing.

Participating Law Enforcement Agencies included: Johnston County, State Highway Patrol, Selma Police Department, Smithfield Police Department and CSX Police Department.

This Crossing Blitz was held in conjunction with the international event, ILCAD. The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) focuses on educational measures and the promotion of safe behavior at and around level (railroad highway grade) crossings.