Rail Safety Month in Live Oak
GENERAL RAIL SAFETY TIPS
- Avoid Distractions Expect a train at every highway rail intersection. Turn off your cell phone and forget about texting as it could be a deadly distraction near the tracks.
- Cross Tracks at Designated Crossings Only. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals. Don’t get trapped on the tracks: Only proceed through the crossing if you are sure you can complexly clear the crossing without stopping. If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and move quickly away from the tracks. Look for an emergency number at the crossing or call (1-888-877-7267) to notify authorities to stop any on-coming trains, or call 9-1-1 or your local law enforcement agency for assistance.
- Safety Zone for Pedestrians. A train may extend three feet or more outside the steel rail, which makes the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the rail themselves.
- Never Walk Down A Train Track. This is trespassing on private property. Besides being illegal, it’s dangerous and you could lose your life.
- Trains May be Closer than they Appear. Look both ways and listen before crossing train tracks. Modern trains are quieter than ever, with no telltale “clackety-clack,” and an approaching train will always be closer and moving faster than you think.
- Trains Cannot Stop Quickly. Because of their size and weight, trains cannot stop quickly – they can take up to a mile or more to stop once the train is set into emergency braking.
- REMEMBER - Trains Have the Right-of-Way 100% of the Time over ambulances, fire engines, cars the police and pedestrians.
Who Do You Call?
Please be alert to potential dangers. Call immediately if you see any damage and/or debris on the tracks. Because of their size and weight, trains cannot stop quickly – they can take up to a mile or more to stop.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 09:16