Campaign to reduce accidents at railroad crossings
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Campaign to reduce accidents at railroad crossings

August 14, 2019


MONTH’S SAFE DRIVE WITH 25. STEPHANIE: STOP. TRAINS CAN’T. THAT’S THE NAME OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DOT, ON AVERAGE A PERSON OR VEHICLE IS HIT BY A TRAIN IN OUR OUNTRY NEARLY EVERY THREE HOURS. LAST YEAR, 232 PEOPLE DIED IN RAILROAD CROSSING ACCIDENTS. CLOSER TO HOME, IT WAS JUST THIS MONDAY WHEN A PEDESTRIAN WAS HIT BY A TRAIN AND KILLED IN WEST PALM BEACH. OFFICIALS SAY THE MAJORITY OF THESE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE. THE NEW CAMPAIGN, WHICH WILL FEATURE TV, RADIO AND DIGITAL ADS, WILL AIR IN STATES WHERE THE NATION’S MOST 15 DANGEROUS CROSSINGS ARE LOCATED, AS WELL AS THE STATES THAT HAD 75% OF THE CROSSING ACCIDENTS IN 2015. THE AD WILL RUN HERE IN FLORIDA. ACCORDING TO FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION STATISTICS, THERE WERE 10 CROSSING FATALITIES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE IN 2015. BY LAW, TRAINS ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. THEY CAN’T SWERVE, STOP QUICKLY OR CHANGE DIRECTIONS TO AVOID A CRASH. TRYING TO OUTRUN A TRAIN TO GET ACROSS JUST WON’T WORK. IT’S SCIENCE. A TRAIN TRAVELING 55 MILES PER HOUR WILL NEED THE LENGTH EQUIVALENT TO 18 FOOTBALL FIELDS OR MORE TO COME TO A STOP EVEN IF THE EMERGENCY BRAKE IS APPLIED.

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