NCSHP Revs Up Safety Campaign for Railroad Crossings

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 11:11am

State Highway Patrol troops across the state participated in “Operation Clear Track” on Tuesday, Sept. 24, as part of 2019 Rail Safety Week (Sept. 22-28). “Operation Clear Track” is the largest railroad initiative in the U.S. and saw more than 600 law enforcement agencies in 48 states participate this year.

During the initiative, troopers were staffed at crossings to distribute safety cards and enforce grade crossings and trespassing laws.

“We participate in this event every year to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries near railroad crossings,” said State Highway Patrol Capt. Scott Byers. “Last year there were 12 fatalities and 24 injuries at crossings throughout the state. We are handing out these safety cards until those numbers are at zero.”

Keep yourself safe at train crossings by remembering these tips:

  • When crossing train tracks, go to a designated crossing and look both ways.
  • Never race a train to a crossing.
  • Do not drive around lowered gates. It is not safe and is illegal.
  • Never stop your car on train tracks. 
  • If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out of the vehicle and get away from it. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided. 
  • Train tracks are on private property. Never walk on the tracks. It is dangerous and considered trespassing.
  • Only cross train tracks at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.

Download the attached safety tips pdf.

Dabney Weems

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