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 April 2nd, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara discusses Train Safety Awareness Week April 18-24
The week of April 18 - 24 is Train Safety Awareness Week, and St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara wants the driving public to be aware of penalties for violating state laws regarding railroad crossing.

"Gov. Charlie Crist has proclaimed April 18 - 24 as Train Safety Awareness Week," said Sheriff Mascara. "In conjunction with this proclamation, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Traffic and Patrol Units will be looking for violations at railroad crossings throughout the county."

Deputies will be paying close attention to school buses, commercial vehicles and vehicles that decide to go around crossing arms. Violators could receive a citation and pay more than $200 in fines.

Deputies also will be watching railroad tracks, looking for individuals trespassing.

Anyone caught trespassing on railroad property could be arrested and face fines up to $500 or up to one year in jail.

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