Even after a train operator spots a motorist or pedestrian in their path, it can take a mile or more for the train to stop. That according to John Perry with Operation Lifesaver. The group utilizes the experience of industry professionals to educate the public about safety on the tracks.
Perry said the arms at railroad crossing should serve as an absolute signal to stop. The flashing lights warn motorists even sooner that a train is coming.
Recently two people in West Virginia have died while walking along train tracks. Perry said tracks and the area around them are private property. Walking on them isn't just trespassing but he said it can also be deadly.
To learn more about safety around trains just click on the link to go to the Operation Lifesaver site.