International Level Crossing Awareness Day

International Level Crossing Awareness Day
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Representatives with Operation Lifesaver and the Department of Transportation and Development came together for International Level Crossing Awareness Day.

Members of both groups staked out the rail road crossing at Congress and Perkins Friday to raise awareness for crossing safety.

So far this year, 11 people have died in Louisiana from rail crossing accidents. The most common offense is stopping on the tracks.

"Stopping on or too close to the tracks. We've had 11 fatalities since December by people stopping on tracks or too close to the tracks and being struck by a train. It's very dangerous so that's what we're trying to get out today," said Claude Maher with Operation Lifesaver.

Operation Lifesaver says the best thing to remember is when you see tracks, think train.

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