Officials at Norfolk Southern Railway want to get the word out to young people that it’s dangerous to mess with a train. The railroad has launched a safety campaign aimed at people in the 18 to 35 age group.
The message is simple: Risky or distracted behavior around a railroad crossing can lead to death or serious injury. The campaign is in response to an increase in train-related accidents in East Tennessee.
Young or old, it’s never wise for a driver or pedestrian to go around lowered gates at a railroad crossing. If you come to a crossing and see flashing red lights, don’t ignore them. Come to a complete stop.
These lights signal the approach of a train (or, as has been the case with recent work at crossings in downtown Johnson City, a service vehicle). Wait until the lights have stopped flashing and the gates rise completely before crossing the tracks.
Other things to remember when approaching a railroad crossing:
Always expect a train. Railway crossings see train traffic at all hours of the day or night.
Never race a train to a crossing. Remember, there is no tie in a race with a train.
Never get trapped on a crossing. Proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can safely clear all the tracks.