Safety first at rail crossings
WPB, FROM 1B
Keep yourself , family and friends safe by following these rail safety tips, courtesy of Operation Lifesaver, an organization that works to change people’s behavior around railroad tracks and crossings with a national public awareness campaign: • Never try to outrun a train! • Remember to cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.
• Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train! Never mix rails and recreation.
• All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks. It's illegal to trespass and highly dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks, it's too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile—the length of 18 football fields—to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
•. Freight trains don't travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change. Always expect a train at each highway-rail intersection.
• A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three-foot mark. If there are rails on the railroad ties always assume the track is in use, even if there are weeds or the track looks unused.
• Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clackety-clack.” Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.