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New Campaign for Railroad Safety

Steve Wagner

A new campaign, “See Tracks, Think Train!” is underway to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur on train tracks every year. As of 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration reports that 908 pedestrians were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks. There were also 1,193 people injured or killed at railroad grade crossings, areas where warnings and lights should prohibit injuries.

It seems that no matter what safety precautions are taken, there are still those who disregard warnings, and those who take risks, often at the expense of their own lives. The new campaign is aimed at educating drivers and pedestrians, in order to raise awareness for how common these injuries and deaths are, and hopefully save some lives in the process.

Produced by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the campaign will include bilingual TV, radio, print and billboard PSAs, all with the intent of reminding pedestrians and drivers to take extra precautions around railroad tracks, not disregard warnings and take greater risks.

It can take a train up to one mile to come to a full stop, and even a train travelling at very low speeds can still cause extreme injuries. Trains also take up a distance much wider than just the width of the tracks. Even when pedestrians may think they are clear of a train’s berth, they could still be hit and injured.

For more information on the campaign, and to download free resources for your community, visit the “See Tracks, Think Train!” website. If you have been injured in a railroad accident, the lawyers of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you. Give us a call today to schedule a free personal injury consultation.

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