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Increased Trespassing in North Dakota

The North Dakota Safety Council has noticed an increased amount of trespassing incidents throughout the state.

Serena Schmidt is the Home and Community Coordinator for the council. She said, in particular, trespassing on railroad bridges near Ray has become an issue.

“Trains don’t run on a schedule, they can run from any direction at any time of day or night,” Schmidt said. “Even if you think it’s safe, because you haven’t seen a train a 2 p.m. in the 20 years you have lived here. The fact of the matter is that a train could come and by the time the train would see you it’s too late for it to stop.”

Schmidt also wants to remind people that railroad tracks are private property. She said trespassing on the property is dangerous and could result in jail time or heavy fines.

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