Photo/Story Gallery 2008
FHP Highlights Train Safety Awareness
JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Highway Patrol teamed with Operation Lifesaver to participate in Train Safety Awareness Week April 20-26, 2008, to increase motorist and pedestrian awareness of highway-rail grade crossing safety.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers conducted selective enforcement operations at random railroad crossing intersections throughout Florida, ticketing those who violated state laws and handing out safety brochures to motorists at selected intersections.
Watch the following educational video on railroad crossings and learn some important safety tips: http://oli.org/video
- In 2006, at least 362 people were killed and 999 seriously injured in 2,897 highway-rail grade crossing collisions (combined for public and private crossings).
- Approximately every two hours, either a vehicle or pedestrian is struck by a train in the United States. That’s 12 incidents each day!
- Barely 50% of vehicle/train collisions occur at a crossing with active warning devices (gates, lights, bells).
- Most crashes occur within 25 miles of the motorist’s home.
- The majority of highway-rail crashes occur when the train is traveling less than 30 mph.
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal – trespassers are subject to arrest and fines.
- Florida ranks 12th in the Nation in highway/grade crossing fatalities.
- Florida ranks 5th in the Nation in pedestrian/trespassing fatalities.
Pictured top left, Trooper Bill Beck and Trooper Garry Bones assist a member with Operation Lifesaver; bottom right, Sergeant Harry Fouraker (left) and Trooper Chester Everett work with deputies from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to educate the public on railroad crossing safety.