Almost everyone will approach railroad tracks in their lifetime. Crossing railroad tracks may already be a common occurrence for you, and that is why it is important to know how to cross tracks safely. Obeying the laws and taking the right precautions are important when crossing railroad tracks.
BASIC TRAIN SAFETY RULES FOR PEDESTRIANS
- Around train tracks or in stations, avoid dangerous distractions such as texting, loud music or headphones that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.
- Do not walk on or beside the tracks. A typical freight train traveling at 55 mph can take up to a mile to stop.
- Unless you are at a public crossing, walking on or beside railroad tracks IS TRESPASSING
- Do not walk beside the tracks. Trains overhang the tracks by about 3 feet on each side. Stay at least 15 feet from the tracks while trains pass.
- Only cross tracks at designated at public crossings and only when you can clearly see that no trains are coming in either direction.
- Stop at all lowered gates or flashing warning lights. Listen for audible warnings. Crossing over tracks with warning devices activated is not only unsafe, but also punishable by fines. Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing, bells have stopped ringing, the gates are raised, and the coast is clear.