|"Railroad Photography! Red Flashing Lights Means Stop!"|
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
This post is my contribution to support the continuing efforts of Operation Lifesaver who diligently work to educate everyone about railroad safety. No, I am not affiliated nor do I volunteer or work with them. However, I take the opportunity to share about railroad safety whenever I can.
Railroad safety is really common sense. See the red lights in the above image which look like they are flashing? And, the gate is down? This means to "STOP!" and wait. Not, "STOP!," look, and go if you do not see a train coming. The lights came on for a reason so stop and wait until the lights go off. Don't see a train? Don't go around crossing gates.
The railroad industry, according to various articles I read in Trains Magazines, has worked diligently over the years to make their mode of transportation and shipping the safest in the country. Whenever there is an accident, an injury, the railroad authorities work to determine the cause so appropriate actions can be taken to prevent it from happening again.
Though, one area where they need the public's assistance is railroad crossings! The railroads do the best they can to warn the public; there's the loud bell ringing with red lights flashing as gates with red lights on them coming down over the roadway, there are the incredibly loud horns from the locomotives to alert the public a train is coming, and the trains have reduced their speeds too. Though, the speed reduction doesn't allow the trains to immediately stop when YOU pull out in front of them. It still takes a least a mile for it to stop and regardless of speed, your vehicle will be like a soda can being stomped on. That doesn't sound like a fun way to spend a day- not a all.
While you might be late for an appointment or just want to keep on going, the few minutes you have to sit and wait for the train to go by could mean the difference between life and death- yours! Whatever the reason you are out on the roads, it's your obligation to STOP at railroad crossings when the red lights illuminate.