By SARAH BRADBURY
The recent addition of several “no trespassing” signs in Jackson Park has sparked questions as to the reason they have been placed at this time. “Norfolk Southern posted the signs to enhance safety by raising awareness that it’s illegal to cross tracks anywhere other than a road crossing,” said Robin Chapman, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern. “So far this year, Norfolk Southern police issued warnings to 28 trespassers in Pulaski.”
Chapman says that while there have not been any injuries or fatalities in Pulaski over the past three years, there was a trespasser fatality in Dublin last year.
Legally designated crosswalks are located at either end of Jackson Park at Jefferson Ave. and Washington Ave. There are flashing lights and gates warning pedestrians of approaching trains.
While it has always been illegal to cross anywhere other than the designated crosswalk, several citizens have opted for the convenience of crossing at any point along the track in order to avoid walking to either end of the park to cross.
Anyone who crosses the railroad track other than at the designated crosswalk on foot, bicycle or animal without the consent of the railroad company or person operating the road, shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor, which will carry a fine not to exceed $250. A second violation occurring within two years of the first violation shall be punishable as a Class 3 misdemeanor, which will carry a fine not to exceed $500. A third or subsequent violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor, which includes confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500.
Law enforcement asks that people observe and obey the “no trespassing” signs located in Jackson Park and anywhere else they have been placed.