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.
- It takes a train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile to stop
- that's more than 18 football fields.
- 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.