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Automated Enforcement at Rail Crossings in Grand Prairie, Texas. Sgt. Eric Hansen Grand Prairie Police Department Traffic Section. Grand Prairie Quick Facts. Located centrally between Dallas and Fort Worth (South of DFW Airport) 81 square miles Population 170,000 Major Attractions

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automated enforcement at rail crossings in grand prairie texas
Automated Enforcement at Rail Crossings in Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Sgt. Eric Hansen
  • Grand Prairie Police Department Traffic Section
grand prairie quick facts
Grand Prairie Quick Facts

Located centrally between Dallas and Fort Worth (South of DFW Airport)

81 square miles

Population 170,000

Major Attractions

Lone Star Park (Horse Racing)

Joe Pool Lake

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Grand Prairie Police Traffic Section

1 Sergeant

14 Officers

Motorcycle Unit

Accident Investigations

DWI Unit

automated enforcement
Automated Enforcement

Red Light Camera Enforcement

  • 10 approaches at 8 intersections.

Crossing Enforcement

  • First location installed June 2007
  • 5 approaches at 3 crossings along Union Pacific mainline

Digital photographs and video of each violation

union pacific rr corridor
Union Pacific RR Corridor
  • 4-mile corridor thru center of city
  • Double mainline tracks
  • Max Train Speed of 60 mph
  • 11 Existing at-grade crossings, all with gates and lights.
    • 3 crossings proposed to be closed.
    • 2 new crossings proposed to be installed as part of SH 161 construction.
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W 23rd Street Crossing

Automated Enforcement NB and SB

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W 19th Street Crossing

Automated Enforcement NB and SB

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W 19th Street Crossing

Automated Enforcement NB (one-way street)

current texas law transportation code chapter 707
Current Texas LawTransportation Code - Chapter 707

Photographic Traffic Signal Enforcement System

  • Local ordinance required
  • Engineering study required
  • Advance signs required
  • Civil penalty not to exceed $75
  • Vehicle owner presumed responsible
  • Collection split with contractor prohibited
  • Collected amount above costs split 50/50 between regional trauma account and local traffic safety fund
  • Annual accident history report must be submitted to TxDOT
current texas law transportation code chapter 7071
Current Texas LawTransportation Code - Chapter 707

Rail Crossing Enforcement

  • Not mentioned
grand prairie ordinance
Grand Prairie Ordinance

City Ordinance required for automated traffic signal enforcement also addresses automated railroad crossing enforcement.

  • Civil penalty not to exceed $75 (originally $150 for railroad crossing violations).
  • Fine doubles for 3rd or subsequent violation.
  • Violator may request administrative hearing. Additional $25 if found liable.
  • If found liable by hearing officer, may appeal to municipal court. Additional $50 if found liable.
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ABC 123

ABC123

12345

JOHN DOE

1234 MAIN STREET

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Notice of Violation

  • Date
  • Time
  • Name
  • Address
  • Vehicle Info
  • Penalty Amount
  • Ordinance Citation
  • Violation Location
  • Respond by Date
  • Registered Owner
  • Officer Signature

JOHN DOE

1234 Main Street

ABC123

JOHN DOE

1234 Main Street

ABC 123

cost to city
Cost to City

Red Light Cameras

  • No up-front cost to City
  • Fixed monthly fee per intersection approach paid to Contractor covers cost of engineering, materials installation, maintenance, and “ticket” processing.

Rail Crossing Cameras

  • No cost ever to City.
  • City and Contractor split collections as follows:

,

cameras and flash unit
Cameras and Flash Unit

Camera

Housing

Flasher Unit

violations history first 5 months at e 9 th crossing
Violations HistoryFirst 5 Months at E 9th Crossing

356

281

276

184

140

Violation rates at E 9th crossing have since increased but have always been below first month of operation.

accident history
Accident History

Prior to 2007, Grand Prairie had the highest grade crossing collision rate in the State.

5 fatalities at rail crossings in the 4 years prior to automated enforcement.

No accidents at 3 crossings with automated enforcement since installation.

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Contact Info:

Sgt. Eric Hansen

Traffic Section

Grand Prairie Police Dept.

(972) 237-8906

[email protected]

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