This week marks Public Rail Safety Week across Canada and, with that in mind, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some important 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; that’s 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.
Unfortunately, the Durham Regional Police has been involved in several incidents involving serious injuries and even fatalities on a Durham railroad tracks. There were 31 people killed on railways last year, with Ontario reporting 12 fatalities, and another 32 seriously injured. We would like to remind everyone to practice safety along the railways.
For more information, please visit the Operation Lifesaver website.
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