Illinois: Rail Safety Week gets underway

15 Sep

?????September 14th-September 20th, 2014 is Illinois Rail Safety Week. Support for Rail Safety Week is broadly based involving state and local government agencies including the police, Operation Lifesaver and railways operating within the state.

Tactics are as before, education initiatives and safety blitzes at level crossings across the state, including in the Chicago area where a number of suburban railway stations are immediately adjacent to level crossings at which significant misuse occurs. The problem is at its worst during the morning commute with prospective pedestrian passengers rushing for the train apparently regardless of the risk of being struck by the train they anticipate catching or one running in the opposite direction.

By number of persons killed, Illinois ranks third within the United States with 126 collisions leading to 21 fatalities and 40 lesser injuries. In addition there were 27 trespasser fatalities and 21 injuries.

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