SAFETY STRATEGIES FOR RAILROAD CROSSINGS

 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash data tells us:

In 2018 alone, 99 people (a 10-year high) were killed because a driver went around a lowered gate. It’s illegal in EVERY state for you to go around a lowered crossing gate or to ignore signs or flashing lights posted at a railroad crossing. Trains have the right of way because they can't swerve, stop quickly or change directions. Use caution at every railroad crossing.

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NHTSA has 7 SIMPLE STEPS FOR SAFELY NAVIGATING RAILROAD CROSSINGS

 

  1. Stop, look both ways, and listen. Remember that trains always have the right of way.
  2. Make sure you have room to get across. Once you enter the crossing, keep moving.
  3. Stop 15’ away from flashing red lights, lowered gates, a signaling flagman or a stop sign.
  4. Never try to drive around a lowering gate. Never ignore signals, and always use caution.
  5. Before you begin to cross, wait for gates to fully raise and for all lights to stop flashing.
  6. Never assume that there is only one train coming from a single direction.
  7. If your car stalls in a crossing, get out of there and call the number on the sign, or 911.

 

DON’T RACE IT. DON’T RISK IT. IT’S NEVER WORTH IT. #crosscarefully

 

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