Safety campaign launched to stem rail injuries and fatalities in California

Published: Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 - 9:48 am

Transportation officials have kicked off a year-long rail safety campaign to cut down on death or injury on the tracks in California.

The “Be Track Smart” safety campaign being mounted by Caltrans, Amtrak and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority endeavors to reduce injuries and fatalities near railroad crossings and along tracks. September is also Rail Safety month.

“Our goal is to educate Californians to the potential dangers and get them to change how they think and behave around train tracks,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Authorities provided safety tips on traveling in vicinity of the rails:

•  Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.

•  Remember to look both ways when crossing railroad tracks. Don’t try to beat a train because they can take up to a mile to stop.

•  Trains can move forward or backward at any time without warning.

•  It is illegal to walk, bike, jog or run down a train track.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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