Safe driving, biking and walking spares lives!
- At 50 m.p.h., it takes a fully-loaded freight train 1.5 miles to come to a full stop. By the time the train engineer sees a vehicle or pedestrian on the tracks, it is often too late.
- Driver ignorance and impatience are the most common factors contributing to motor vehicle/train crashes.
- The chance of death or serious injury from a motor vehicle/train crash is 11 times greater than for other highway collisions.
- Because of their size, approaching trains appear to be traveling at a slower speed.
Follow these safety tips:
- Yield the right-of-way to trains at highway-rail crossings. It's the law.
- Never drive around lowering gates -- it's illegal and deadly.
- Only cross tracks where they are marked with pedestrian crossing markings.
- Never race a train to the crossing -- even if it is a tie, you lose.
- Expect a train on the track at any time-trains do not follow set schedules.
- Look out for the second train when crossing multiple tracks.
- Immediately get out of your vehicle if it stalls on the crossing, get clear of the tracks and call 911.