Illinois State Police to promote
rail safety enforcement Local, State and
County Agencies Partner to Reduce Rail Crossing Fatalities
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[September 14, 2016]
- Illinois State Police District 09 is partnering with local, state
and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around
railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week,
September 11 – 17, 2016.
During 2015, there were 140 railroad grade crossing collisions
involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31
fatalities. In addition, there were 41 trespassing incidents
railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities.
Illinois is ranked second in the nation in grade crossing fatalities
and fifth in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State
Police District 09 has planned enforcement details throughout the
week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians
who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and
railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will
be distributing literature to the public that contains information
on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law
and be aware of your surroundings. Please remember, not only is it
against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is
against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the
highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are
typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in
advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the
highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to
protective gate arm.
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According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all
rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing
lights, gates, and ringing bells).
Illinois Rail Safety Week is supported by the Illinois State Police, Illinois
Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois
Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation
Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff’s Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement
Association. For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit
[Tpr. Sean T. Ramsey]