OnFocus – With National Rail Safety Week happening September 21 – 27, the Wisconsin State Patrol September “Law of the Month” focuses on safety at rail crossings and rail yards.
Wisconsin has more than 3,300 miles of active train tracks and more than 4,000 public railroad crossings. Last year, there were 48 train-related crashes in Wisconsin that resulted in nine injuries and four fatalities. In addition, four people were killed and two injured while trespassing on rail property.
Safety tips for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians:
- Cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
- Obey all warning signs and signals. Never drive or walk around lowered crossing gates
- Remember that freight trains don’t have fixed schedules and can be seen any time of day
Getting stuck in traffic within a rail crossing is dangerous. Before you cross, make sure you have enough room to clear the tracks. Trains overhang tracks by at least three feet on both sides.
Train tracks and rail yards are private property. Trespassing is illegal and dangerous.
For more information about the September “Law of the Month,” click here.
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