Officials promote rail crossing safety on international awareness day

Officials promote rail crossing safety on international awareness day

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials have been pushing a message about safety at train crossings in the U.S. and beyond.

Friday is International Level Crossing Awareness Day and officials hope to save lives when it comes to helping people cross railroad tracks.

Louisiana Operation Lifesaver representatives and transportation leaders used the highly visible rail crossing at Congress Boulevard and Perkins Road in Baton Rouge to raise awareness for crossing safety.

Already this year, there have been 11 deaths from rail crossing accidents in Louisiana, and the most common offense is stopping on the tracks.

"Stopping on or too close to the tracks," Claude Maher, Louisiana Operation Lifesaver. "We've had 11 fatalities since December by people stopping on the 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."

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

"Anytime you see railroad tracks, think that a train is coming because freight trains move 24/7. They're not on any timed schedule or anything like that," Maher said. "And once again to remember that to please do not stop on the tracks, it's very dangerous."

This is the 7th year that a day has been set aside as a reminder about train track safety.

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