Brightline launches new technology to keep railways safe for drivers and pedestrians

In three weeks, 500 violations were caught on camera. On Friday, Local 10 News cameras were rolling at a crossing in North Miami Beach and caught some drivers stopped on the tracks.

“That means that more than 500 have driven around the gates. They stopped on the tracks before they were moving forward,” said Robert Gatchell, Brightline Chief of Safety.

The company is sending warnings about the violations for now.

Brightline trains travel across 67 miles, with about 180 crossings along their paths.

The company has spent millions of dollars updating signage and adding fencing to keep pedestrians off the tracks.

New technology like drones and thermal cameras are also being added to spot any problems, like disabled vehicles near or on crossings.

“We are looking at a lot of different technologies to help us in the safety realm as the environment starts to grow. We want to be able to grow as well on the technology route,” said Gatchell.