Arlington Heights Police Officers Promoting Rail Safety At Downtown Metra Station Wednesday Morning Sept. 17

Arlington Heights Police Officers will be at the Downtown Train Station on Wednesday morning, September 17, to promote safety for both motorists and pedestrians around the railroad tracks during Illinois Rail Safety Week, September 14-20.

Did you know that in 2013, Illinois ranked third in the nation for grade crossing fatalities and third for trespass fatalities? It is no secret the rail industry plays a vital part of the Illinois economy, but saving lives on the tracks is the duty of everyone.

The role of Police Officers at the train station is to remind people to follow the law and be aware of their surroundings at trains stations and railroad crossings. The goal of this educational campaign is to keep a tragedy from occurring either on or around the railroad tracks.

To remain safe please follow the ten tips, offered by Operation Lifesaver, when crossing railroad tracks:

Walking or playing on train tracks is dangerous and illegal.

Be prepared to stop at crossings.

Cross train tracks at designated highway/railroad crossings.

Look for the crossbuck sign, lights or gates at crossings.

Listen for warning bells and whistles.

Obey the signals.

If one train passes, make sure a second train is not approaching on another track in the same or opposite direction.

Obey the directions of a police officer or member of a train crew directing traffic at a crossing.

Cross the tracks in low gear; do not change gears while crossing.

If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out quickly and away from the vehicle and tracks; call the emergency number posted at or near the crossing, and call 911.

For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.


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