Efforts such as the international Operation Lifesaver program attempt to educate people about taking risks at rail crossings, but the videos captured by the cameras may be more effective. Footage of youths trespassing on tracks might help pinpoint areas near playgrounds or schools.
They also may put pressure on police to better enforce laws against pedestrians and vehicles ignoring gates and signals, he said.
"We're going to be able to go to the municipalities and say, 'Look, you're going to have to do better on your gate enforcement and your crossings. We have people [on tape] going around your gates.'"
Watch pedestrians dodge approaching commuter trains in a Metra video at chicagotribune.com/metra
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