After a series of fatal and nonfatal crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians, Brightline is launching a so-called “zero-tolerance” program in an attempt to stop the collisions.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn)
May 31, 2022
WSVN.com reports that Brightline officials, along with authorities from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, announced the initiative on Friday.
Citing the high number of collisions involving Brightline, Broward Sheriff’s office Col. Stephen Robson said “Over the past year and a half, there have been numerous collisions and fatal incidents involving Brightline and [Florida East Coast Railway] trains.”
Officials seemed to blame the collisions on motorists and pedestrians who ignored or otherwise attempted to evade railroad crossing signs and markers. “In almost all cases, people are ignoring and circumventing the warning lights, sounds, safety signs and crossing gates,” Robson said.
Officials are betting that increased enforcement will help turn the tide and make Brightline train tracks safer.
But though Senior Vice President of Brightline Ben Porritt said that train lines across the country are experiencing similar issues, the WSVN.com report noted that Brightline has the worst fatality record of any train line since 2017.
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