Pedestrians face $500 fine for crossing North County train tracks

DEL MAR, Calif. -- Residents are suffering from ticket shock after being cited for crossing North County train tracks to get to the beach.

It’s a $500 fine and a misdemeanor offense that could force the offender to face six months of jail time.

“We have been crossing the tracks for 58 years," said Gus Kriege, a long-time Del Mar local. "It’s not like we are going to not surf."

The North County Transit District says there have been eight deaths and 21 injuries in the last fiscal year and people need to know that crossing the tracks is too dangerous.

There have been 55 citations and 150 warnings since the new enforcement started and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department isn’t planning on backing down anytime soon.

Residents say they will now have to watch out for the train and the cops before they cross the tracks.