Mebane Event Promotes Rail Safety Friday, June 10, 2016

RALEIGH – Pedestrians and motorists passing through downtown Mebane got a quick lesson in rail safety Friday.

N.C. Transportation’s Rail Division teamed up with the Mebane and Burlington police departments, as well as Alamance County and Orange County sheriff departments, North Carolina Operation Lifesaver and the N.C. Highway Patrol to distribute safety information at the intersection of West Center Street and 3rd Street, near the railroad crossing.

So far in 2016, nine people in North Carolina have died after being struck by a train, and 17 people have been injured. N.C. Transportation is working to curb train-related crashes, fatalities and injuries in the state as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Vision to promote rail and transportation safety.

The event, called a crossing blitz, was part of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, which focuses on promoting safe behavior by motorists and pedestrians around street-level railroad crossings.

Rail Safety Tips

Motorists:

  •  Always stop your vehicle when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing. Wait for the crossing gates to rise and the lights to stop flashing before continuing through the crossing. Look both ways, listen and proceed with caution. For your safety, obey all signs and signals at railroad crossings.
  • Never stop your car on railroad tracks. When approaching an intersection at railroad tracks, keep your car behind the white stop line.
  • Be aware that trains may operate at any time throughout the day and night in either direction.

Pedestrians:

  • Never walk or run on railroad tracks. Remember: “Tracks are for trains. Stay away and stay alive.”
  • Walking on or near railroad tracks is dangerous - and illegal. Trains in North Carolina operate up to 79 miles per hour and can take more than a mile to come to a complete stop.
  • Railroad tracks are on private property – you can be cited for trespassing.
  • Do not cycle or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks or railroad rights of way.
  • Do not hunt, fish or bungee jump from railroad trestles or bridges. They are not designed to be sidewalks - there is only enough clearance for a train to pass.
  • Always look both ways before crossing railroad tracks and cross only in designated areas.
  • Do not cross tracks when gates are down.
  • Be aware that trains may operate at any time during the day and night in either direction.
  • Do not attempt to hop on board railroad cars or locomotives at any time.

***NCDOT***

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