Spokesman-Review Letters to the editor
Re: “Sting at railroad crossings nabs tanker driver, others,” March 28: I have some questions regarding the situation that occurred on March 27 at Mission and Perry. Are people aware that there are no swing arms at this crossing? Exactly how many drivers risked colliding with a 412,000 pound railroad engine if this is permissible by law after you stop and determine it is safe to proceed (RCW 46.61.340) similar to the flashing red light at traffic intersections?
The video, “Officer on a train,” shows the engine to be stopped, or moving very slowly. Are people aware that fuel truck drivers are under a more stringent law? Would this many drivers really make this extremely ludicrous decision after the traffic signal turned green if it was deemed dangerous by them? How many accidents or fatalities have happened here of the 47 statewide?
It appears that the multitude of officers concluded every driver going through the intersection deserved to be ticketed for making a law-abiding decision. If BNSF’s “top priority is safety,” then why don’t they install swing arms at this location? How many BNSF trains have been cited for blocking intersections for more than 10 minutes? This “sting” reeks of entrapment, and I hope the unfortunate drivers will seek legal assistance.
Off the top of my head, I can’t picture the layout of this particular crossing. Anyone out there have more insight on it? Does Mr. Moss have a point or have you noticed blatant risk taking at this location in the past?