Residents in a Vernon neighbourhood are furious after fines were issued for using a popular path.
A Canadian National Railway police officer handed out $115 tickets to people walking along a path about 10 metres from the track near Browne Road Wednesday.
“It was a dreadful surprise for a lot of people,” said resident Enora Moon. “One woman was in tears because she wasn’t sure how she would pay it.”
Moon says the path has been around longer than the 15 years she has lived in the area.
“It’s used by people as a way to go into town and there are a lot of dog walkers,” she said, adding that a sign states the crossing is to be used at your own risk.
“The sign doesn’t say stay out or don’t use the path.”
CN officials are defending their actions.
“Trespassing remains the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in Canada, and those who walk along our tracks are putting themselves and others at risk of fatality or injuries,” said Jim Feeny, director of CN public affairs.
“Our police force take that matter very seriously and try to use education first, but enforcement is also a tool at their disposal to ensure that people are safe and stay away from railway property. Under the Railway Safety Act, CN police have authority on CN property and up to 500 metres off of CN property. Trespassing on our property could result in a ticket of $115.”