Respect the Crossing. Respect the Track.

Safety Tips

Pedestrian Safety Tips


The only safe, and legal, place to cross railroad tracks is at a public crossing designated with either a rail crossing sign, flashing red lights or a gate.


All railroad tracks are private property and trespassers can be arrested or fined, according to North Carolina General Statute.
Do not cross the tracks immediately after a train passes. There might be a second train approaching.
Stop and look in both directions. The train you see is closer and moving faster than it seems.
Never walk or ride a bike on or near the railroad tracks. Tracks are not a shortcut.


Driver Safety


It takes a train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile to stop - that's more than 18 football fields.
Always expect a train at every highway-rail intersection.
Never drive around lowered gates. It's illegal and deadly.
Trains always have the right-of-way, even over police, fire and ambulance vehicles.
Never stop a car on the railroad tracks. If you stop to wait for a train at a traffic signal, always stop safely behind the white line.


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