After a rash of recent accidents, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has released new videos outlining the dangers of being nonchalant around railway crossings and rail yards.
Train engines are large machines and cannot be stopped in a timely fashion. Most trains take up to 1-1.5 miles to come to a complete stop once the brakes are applied. With these facts in mind, here are some precautions anyone can take to stay safe:
Watch for trains on tracks from both directions at any time.
Never try to race a train to a crossing.
Never try to get around the crossing gates or barriers once they have been lowered.
If your car stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and call emergency services.
Do not walk or ride a bike on or near the tracks.
In addition, the NCDOT has released two new PSA videos illustrating these dangers, embedded here:
To summarize, trains are machines that are powerful, difficult to stop, and shouldn’t be treated lightly. For an example of how a train accident can alter a life forever, read this story.