Windsor

Rail police can give you a ticket

Canadian Pacific police officers are conducting safety blitzes at some railway crossings in Windsor, Ont., and across the country this week.
CP police were conducting a radar-enforced safety blitz at the Dougall Avenue and McDougall Avenue crossings on Tuesday morning. (Tom Taylor/CBC News)

Canadian Pacific police officers are conducting safety blitzes at some railway crossings in Windsor, Ont., and across the country this week.

They're hoping to raise awareness about railway safety during National Railway Safety Week.

CP spokesman Randy Marsh said people don't appreciate how difficult it is for a train to stop.

CP Rail Police patrol and protect railway properties and enforce traffic laws at railway crossings. (Tom Taylor/CBC News)
"A fully-loaded freight train can take over a mile to stop," said Marsh. "The best opportunity for people to avoid an accident is to stay away."

CP police were concentrating their efforts at the Dougall Avenue and McDougall Avenue crossings, radar gun in hand, on Tuesday morning.

CP police have full federal and provincial powers, including the power of arrest. They carry weapons and issue tickets.

For the most part, they patrol and protect railway properties and enforce traffic laws at railway crossings.

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