It can take more than a mile for a freight train to stop. So always stay safe by following a few simple rules whenever you’re near railroad tracks.
Never disregard gates, signs, or lights. If a crossing does not have signals posted, it doesn’t mean that the tracks are not in use.
Only cross railroad tracks at designated crossing areas. Never walk on or along tracks.
Limit distractions such as phones, loud music, and conversation. Stop, look both ways, and listen before crossing.
Stay off railroad bridges. Most bridges do not have safe walkways for people, so if a train is approaching the only options are to jump or be struck by the train.
Stay at least 15 feet away from tracks. Trains are wider than their tracks, so always keep a safe distance.
Never try to walk through a railroad tunnel. There is only about 14 inches of clearance between a passing train and the walls.
Do not pass other vehicles near a crossing. Your view of the tracks may be obstructed or your speed may be too great to stop.
Avoid stalls. Many crossings are on raised surfaces, so shift gears before or after the crossing.
If your vehicle is stuck on a crossing, get out and move away quick.
Call 911 or the listed number to report hazards or emergencies.