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Call 911 to report stopped trains blocking Oklahoma City streets for more than 10 minutes

Post Date:08/06/2019 9:23 AM

The Oklahoma City Police Department is training officers how to report violations of a new state law defining how long stopped trains can block roads.

The law allows trains to block roads while stopped for up to 10 minutes in some cases and 20 minutes in others, with exceptions for emergencies and other necessary train operations.

Call 911 to report when an Oklahoma City street is blocked by a stopped train for more than 10 minutes. Officers will file an incident report based on criteria the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) uses to enforce the law.

“Keeping roadways clear is important for emergency access for firefighters, ambulances and police officers,” said Police Chief Wade Gourley “Officers have been trained how to report potential violations and the various exceptions outlined in the law. People can call the police to report suspected violations, but it’s possible the train will move before officers arrive. When that happens, people should call back to let us know if they would still like an officer to respond, or we can cancel the call.”

For suspected violations of the state law, police officers will file a report with the Municipal Counselor’s Office. Statements from witnesses and officers’ own observations can be included. Attorneys will present a case to the OCC. It may be necessary for the reporting person to appear at the hearing before the OCC to testify about what they saw.

The OCC has authority to fine railroad operators for violations. Railroad operators can request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

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