See Tracks? Think Train! Campaign in Alabama
Our region has its share of railroad tracks with trains running through. The presence of trains going to larger cities and through the countryside can speak to the progress within a city, but trains also present hazards to local pedestrians and drivers. New data from the U-S Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration shows that every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U. S. and that this problem is growing. A new public safety campaign: SEE TRACKS THINK TRAIN from Operation Lifesaver Inc. is aimed at educating pedestrians and drivers about safe behavior around railroad tracks. Nationally, 908 pedestrians were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks in 2013, that’s up 7.7 percent from 2012. In addition, more than 1,100 people were injured or killed at railroad grade crossings, that’s up 1.5 percent from 2012. Alabama railroad crossing deaths are a significant part of those statistics. Law enforcement officials say that crossing railroad tracks anywhere other than at a designated crossing is trespassing, a crime punishable with tickets, fines or arrest.