Several times a year the Burleson Police Department partners with Union Pacific Railroad for railroad crossing enforcement. How much do you know about rail safety?
Flashing red lights at railroad crossings require drivers to stop and wait for the train. Flashing lights must be treated like a stop sign. Cross only at marked crossings. Walking on railroad tracks, or the rights-of-way on either side of the tracks, is illegal. The only safe place to cross on foot is at designated public crossings that have a sign, flashing red lights, or a gate. If you cross at any other place you are trespassing and may be ticketed or fined.
If your vehicle stalls or gets stuck on the railroad tracks, get out immediately. Call 9-1-1 to tell them the vehicle is on the tracks. The operator will need to know the location and crossing number or the name of the road or highway that crosses the tracks.
Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit international public education program that was established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and railroad right-of-way. Texas became a member in 1977. Operation Lifesaver volunteers educate the public. To schedule a presentation call toll free 1-800-362-2210. For more information go to the Operation Lifesaver website.