Illinois Rail Safety Week Sept., 14
10 Tips to Save Your Life
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[September 13, 2014]
- Illinois Rail Safety Week, will run from September 14 – 20, 2014,
the Illinois State Police District 9 wants to promote safety for
both motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks.
Please be proactive and keep a tragedy from occurring either on
or around railroad tracks. To remain safe please follow the ten
tips, offered by Operation Lifesaver, when crossing railroad tracks;
- Walking or playing on train tracks is dangerous and illegal.
- Be prepared to stop at crossings.
Cross train tracks at designated highway/railroad crossings.
- Look for the crossbuck sign, lights or gates at crossings.
- Listen for warning bells and whistles.
- Obey the signals.
- If one train passes, make sure a second train is not
approaching on another track in the same or opposite direction.
- Obey the directions of a police officer or member of a train
crew directing traffic at a crossing.
- Cross the tracks in low gear; do not change gears while
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- If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out quickly
and away from the vehicle and tracks; call the emergency
number posted at or near the crossing, and call 911.
When crossing railroad tracks, you must always follow the
law and be aware of your surroundings! For more information
about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit
Illinois State Police District 9 Commander Captain Scott
Compton wants motorist and pedestrians to remember to look
and listen prior to crossing train tracks.
[Text received; ILLINOIS STATE
POLICE, TROOPER E. EDWARDS]