Wendi rides the "Safety Train"
The “Safety Train” was in Fresno on Monday, to show a unique behind-the-scenes look at the importance of rail safety from a conductor’s perspective while traveling down the track.
Wendi Lane took a ride and also did a Facebook Live from the "Safety Train."
San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority Director of Operations, Brian Schmidt, said it takes a train more than 1-mile to stop.
Schmidt also said the tracks are private property and if the crossing arms are down and you walk across, you're trespassing. He also said that even if you're on foot, it's still a vehicle code violation.
Railroad Track Safety Tips:
- California ranks No. 1 in preventable rail-related fatalities and injuries in the country.
- A train moving at 55 miles per hour can take over a mile to stop.
- Never walk, bike, or jog on a railroad track.
- Always stop at railroad crossings.
- Trains can come from either direction on the same track at any time and can be very quiet. Around train tracks or in stations, obey all warning signs and signals.
- Use of headsets or cell phones around tracks can prevent you from hearing an approaching train.
- Trains are wider than the tracks. If you get too close you can be hit or dragged under the train.
- Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. In addition, there are substantial fines for going around the crossing arms.