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Obeying Rail Crossing Laws Could Save Hundreds of Lives

Obeying Rail Crossing Laws Could Save Hundreds of Lives
Posted August 30th, 2014 @ 10:39am by KFBK News - Joe Michaels

California ranks first in the nation in both trespassing and railroad crossing deaths.  

A non-profit safety organization is making a special effort this month to change that.

More than 100 Californian's lost their lives at the hands of railroad trains last year.  

All of the accidents could have been avoided if the victims had been obeying the law.

"Trespassing on rail and transit tracks is violating rail crossing laws, and it's a losing proposition," Nancy Sheehan with California Operation Lifesaver said. 

California Operation Lifesaver is again marking September as "Rail Safety Month" in an effort to reduce the number of tragedies at rail crossings and trespassing at railroad right-of-ways.

"So when you're driving, or even when you're walking, we need to be less distracted. We need to make sure that we're aware of what the laws are and when that when the gates go down you can't go around them. When you're near the tracks, you can't be walking on them, you don't take a short-cut across them," she said. 

Simple reminders that could end up saving your life.

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