It’s Rail Safety Week! This year Rail Safety Week runs from September 19 to September 25. Continue reading to learn more about Rail Safety Week and rail safety.
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What Is Rail Safety Week?
Rail Safety Week is a time to educate and empower the public to make safe decisions around trains and tracks and increase rail safety education. It is observed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Advertising Value Equivalent of Rail Safety Week media coverage reached $17 million in 2021, up 32.3 percent from 2020. In 2021, the number of television and radio news stories mentioning Rail Safety Week rose 151 percent from 2020.
Rail Safety Week 2022 Daily Themes
This year, the unifying theme for Rail Safety Week is “Stop Track Tragedies.” The daily themes are listed below:
- Monday – #STOPTrackTragedies
- Tuesday – Operation Clear Track; Law Enforcement First Responders Partnership
- Wednesday – Crossing Safety
- Thursday – Transit Safety Thursday and Professional Driver Safety
- Friday – Volunteer to #STOPTrackTragedies and Wear Red for Rail Safety
- Saturday – Trespass Prevention
- Sunday – No Photo/Video/Selfie is Worth the Risk
Why Is Rail Safety Important?
Rail safety is important to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities. The Federal Railroad Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, tracks data on vehicle-train collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings. The reassuring news is these incidences have been mostly decreasing over the 40 years. The following is latest data from the Federal Railroad Administration:
- In 2021, there were 2,145 collisions, 236 fatalities, and 668 injuries.
- In 2020, there were 1,902 collisions, 195 fatalities, and 698 injuries.
- In 2019, there were 2,237 collisions, 290 fatalities, and 838 injuries.
- In 2018, there were 2,238 collisions, 258 fatalities, and 848 injuries.
- In 2017, there were 2,124 collisions, 271 fatalities, and 848 injuries.
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Rail Safety Tips
Railroad crossings can be dangerous for both pedestrians and drivers. Whether you travel by foot or car, you have a responsibility to be vigilant near tracks. Below we provide rail safety tips to help everyone stay safe.
Rail Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Always expect a train. Trains are quieter and faster than you think. Trains can run on any track, at any time, from either direction, and do not run on schedules.
- Walking on or beside railroad tracks is illegal.
- The only safe place to cross tracks is at designated public crossings with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing anywhere else is illegal.
- Crossing tracks on a bike, with a stroller, in a wheelchair, or on other narrow wheels requires caution and extra attention. Plan ahead when choosing a route. When possible, walk, don’t ride across the tracks. Cyclists, walk your bike across train tracks at a 90-degree angle. If in a wheelchair, consider getting assistance or taking an alternate route.
- Never pass flashing lights or go around lowered gates. Always wait until lights have stopped flashing and gates are completely raised.
- Wait to cross until you can see clearly in both directions. Multiple tracks may mean multiple trains.
- Stay off railroad bridges and trestles. Stay out of railroad tunnels. There is ONLY ROOM for the train.
- Do not attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time. Trains, tracks and railroad yards are NOT playgrounds. Never climb on, under or through railroad cars. Never jump on or off a train while it’s moving.
Pedestrians are also cautioned to avoid selfies and photo shoots on railroad tracks. Remember, no photo is worth the risk.
Rail Safety Tips for Drivers
If you drive in Nevada, it is important that you follow the law when it comes to railroad crossings. For more information, see our article Do You Know Nevada Railroad Crossing Laws? You should also check out the following safety tips for drivers provided by Operation Lifesaver:
- Trains and cars don’t mix.
- The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think.
- Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
- Never drive around lowered gates—it’s illegal and deadly.
- Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
- If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle.
- At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
- When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.
- ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.
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