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Law enforcement officers fine people crossing train tracks

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Law enforcement officers were out in full force Wednesday promoting train safety by passing out flyers and handing out some hefty fines.

In Old Town, officers handed out tickets to pedestrians and drivers who crossed the tracks illegally. Some tickets came with a fine of more than $400.

Pedestrians cited Wednesday say they're shocked by the tickets, but authorities say railroad accidents can be avoided if people follow the rules.

"Sixty-five deaths and 131 injuries can be avoided. It's preventable if people would just follow the gate crossing and railroad laws," Liz Weber of the San Diego Police Department said. "When the gates are flashing you have to stop at the gate limit line and not proceed over the railroad tracks."

Authorities also say drivers must avoid stopping in the "keep clear" area marked in the roadway.

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