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October 20, 2017

10/2/2017 1:54:00 PM
ISP keeping closer eye on rail crossings
Illinois State Police District 12 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, being recognized through Saturday.

To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 12 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and traintracks.

"Communities in our district have experienced railway tragedies," said District 12 Commander, Captain Cory Ristvedt. "If for this week we can take extra care to be alert around railways, perhaps those actions will become habits; safely carrying our neighbors all through the year."

When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. It is against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks and anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells).

During 2016 there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles. These collisions resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities. Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.

For more information on Rail Safety Week visit: https://oli.org/about-us/news/rail-safety-week-2017.







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