Rail safety is for everyone, not just drivers. Pedestrians who choose to walk or play around railroad tracks are trespassing on private property and could be fined, seriously injured or killed.
Be sure to remember these safety tips:
- Always cross tracks at a designated crossing.
- Always look both ways before crossing train tracks.
- Never stop your vehicle on the tracks.
- Always expect a train, on any track, at any time and from any direction.
- Never cross the tracks when the signal indicates that a train is coming. Flashing lights and ringing bells mean STOP and wait for the train to pass. NEVER walk under or around pedestrian gates.
- If your car stalls or stops on the crossing for any reason, get yourself and any passengers out and away quickly.
- Either underneath the crossbuck sign or on the silver bungalow (box) located near the crossing, you can find information about the street name, railroad milepost number, Department of Transportation identification number and letter (“DOT 123456X”), and an emergency phone number to report safety or security issues at a crossing.
- Remember that approaching trains are always closer and moving faster than they appear. Always yield the right-of-way to a train.
- Be aware trains do not follow set schedules. Any Time is Train Time!