Stop. Trains Can’t. The Right Choice at Railroad Crossings Could Save Your Life

Don’t Risk It at Railroad Crossings

  • Approximately every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States.
  • Most of these deaths were caused by risky driving behaviors and poor decision-making, and could have been prevented.
  • To help reduce collisions, deaths, and injuries at railroad crossings, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched the Stop. Trains Can’t. campaign to raise awareness that motorists must stop at railroad crossings.

Trains Always Have the Right of Way

  • By law, trains have the right of way at all railroad crossings.
  • Trains cannot swerve, stop quickly or change direction to avert collisions. A train traveling at 55 miles per hour takes a mile or more to stop.
  • It is illegal to go around a lowered crossing gate or to ignore signs or flashing lights posted at a railroad crossing.

Use Caution at Every Railroad Crossing

  • Look carefully in both directions before crossing a railroad track—even during the day. 67% of railroad crossing collisions occur in clear weather conditions.
  • Do not rely on past experience to guess when a train is coming. Trains can come from either direction at any time.
  • If your vehicle does stall on a railroad track, quickly move away from the track and your vehicle at a 45-degree angle. Call the number on the Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign, or if the ENS sign is not visible to you, dial 911 for help.

Remember: The Right Choice at Railroad Crossings Could Save Your Life.

Stop. Trains Can’t.


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