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Staying safe around railroad crossings in Layton

Article Published 06/14/2013
  Layton City is frequently traversed by trains on the Union Pacific line and UTA’s FrontRunner tracks.
  Today’s railroad crossings feature vehicle barriers that stop vehicle traffic automatically when a train nears.
  However, pedestrians on sidewalks at railroad crossings, such as the one at Gordon Avenue, may find no barriers in their way when a train is approaching.
  As such, pedestrians need to exercise extra caution at all railroad crossings, since it may be just a dozen seconds or so after railroad crossing lights are activated before a train reaches that crossing.
  Nationally, a vehicle, or person is hit by a train – on average – every three hours in the United States.
  Parents living near train tracks especially need to be sure their children know basic railroad crossing safety.
  Here are railroad crossing safety tips:
-Always look both ways before you cross a railroad track, especially since train whistles are not regularly blown by trains now.
-Headphones should not be worn around railroad tracks, since they might keep you from hearing an oncoming train.
-Do not text, or use any mobile device while walking near a railroad crossing, as it may distract you from the dangers of an on-coming train.
-Stay behind the equivalent of the crossing arms area while a train is passing, in order to avoid being hit by items that may be projected out from the side of a shifted load.
-Do not walk down any railroad tracks. The railroad is private property.
-Crawling under, between, or climbing over the cars of a stopped train is dangerous, risking serious injury if the train starts up suddenly.
-Do not throw rocks, or place any objects on the tracks. Attempted train wrecking is a crime. Objects placed on the tracks could also be thrown sideways by a passing train, possibly damaging nearby vehicles, or injuring someone.
-Always expect a train at a crossing. Trains do not always follow set schedules.
  For more information on railroad safety, go to “Operation Lifesaver”  at:
http://oli.org/rail-safety/education