In the light of a recent fatality on a Durham railroad track, DRPS would like to remind everyone to practice safety along the rails with these quick safety tips.
• Never drive around lowered gates – it’s illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local emergency number.
• Never race a train to the crossing. Even in a tie, you lose.
• Do not get trapped on the tracks. Only proceed through a highway/railway crossing if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is one metre wider than the tracks on both sides.
• If your vehicle stalls on a crossing, immediately get everyone out and far away from the tracks. Call 911 or your local emergency number for assistance. Look for a 1-800 emergency notification number nearby to contact the railway.
• At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching in either direction.
• Always expect a train! Trains do not follow set schedules.
• Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 120 km/h can take up to two kilometres or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied; more than 18 football fields in length!
• Don’t be fooled by the optical illusion. The train you see is closer and faster moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
For more information, please visit the Operation Lifesaver website.
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