Safety first at rail cross­ings

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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.

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