By Matt Popovich
(Undated) - Indiana is ranked fourth in the nation for railroad crossing collisions, with 106 accidents occurring last year.
Governor Mike Pence declared the week of August 25-31 as Indiana Rail Safety Week. Local groups and authorities have partnered together in an attempt to help raise the public’s awareness of railroad crossing safety.
“Every collision between a vehicle or person and a train is preventable,” states Jessica Feder, Executive Director of Indiana Operation Lifesaver.
Public service announcements will be made statewide during the week. Information regarding rail safety will be distributed around college campuses, train stations and public events.
“More than 75 percent of the collisions at these public crossings occur where active warning devices, such as flashing lights and gates, exist”, said Feder. “We encourage everyone to take these warning devices seriously and pay attention at all railroad crossings.”
Indiana Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths and injuries at railroad crossings through public education, engineering and enforcement. To learn more about Indiana Operation Lifesaver, please visit them online at www.oli.org or call 317-267-4011.