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Published on August 16, 2013 - This is an archived news article. Please note that the information within this article may not be current.

Staying safe around railroad crossings in Layton

  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





 
 
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