In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) began a campaign called “Stop! Trains Can’t” focusing on younger male drivers. Its goal is to underscore the potential danger of trying to drive across a railroad crossing when trains are approaching.
The U.S. DOT, together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), is in the midst of a two-year overall push to decrease accidents and deaths at railroad crossings throughout the nation.
Train accidents occur every three hours
It’s a needed effort. Deaths at railroad crossings rose sharply in 2014 after decreasing for a decade. In 2016, 232 people died in accidents at railroad crossings.
DOT officials stressed that these accidents are all preventable. Pedestrians and vehicle drivers should never attempt to beat a train at a crossing or to ignore an oncoming train, even if the train seems far enough away. Trains are always given the right of way legally. Why? For the simple reason that they are unable to pull out of the way. They can’t swerve or change directions. In addition, a train traveling at 55 miles per hour will require a full mile to stop, even if the emergency brakes are used immediately. A mile is the equivalent of 18 or more football fields.
Dr. Mark Rosekind, the NHTSA Administrator, noted that the campaign conveys a message that “your life is worth more than a few saved minutes, and trying to outrun a train isn’t worth the risk. When a train is coming, the only choice is to stop. Trains can’t.”
New York among states targeted
“Stop! Trains Can’t” will focus on 18- to 49-year-old men in the states with the 15 most dangerous railroad crossings and the states where 75 percent of crossing accidents happened in 2015. New York and New Jersey are both included.
The others are: California, Illinois, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Arizona.
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Additional railroad crossing crash resources
- “DOT Launches New Railroad Crossing Safety Ad Campaign.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. January 13, 2017. https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/dot-launches-new-railroad-crossing-safety-ad-campaign
- “Stop! Trains Can’t.” U.S. Department of Transportation, https://www.transportation.gov/stop-trains-cant