Tooting the Horn for Railway Safety

1 decade 1 year 3 weeks ago Wednesday, April 25 2007 Apr 25, 2007 Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:59:57 PM CDT April 25, 2007 in News

California, Missouri police want to help save lives even if it takes a lot of noise to do it.

"Good afternoon, we're promoting rail safety awareness," Jennifer Thompson, from MoDOT said.

Thompson helped warn drivers of danger on the tracks, using the phrase "Look, Listen and Live" to help promote railroad safety.

Police teamed up with MoDOT offering advice during Missouri Rail Safety Week.

"They need to take an extra few seconds whenever they're approaching a highway railway crossing," Thompson said.

Police said when a car and train meet up on the tracks, there's no contest because the ratio between a train and a motor vehicle is roughly the same as a motor vehicle and a can of soda.

It's a plan MoDOT hopes will cut down on collisions between trains and cars.

There were 75 of these crashes in the state last year, and MoDOT said the main reason is inattention.

"Today's life is very hectic, they have a lot of things on their mind" Thompson said.

Thompson also said racing a train is like a roll of the dice.

"Anybody who's done it and got away with it, they're very very lucky," she explained.

On Thursday, MoDOT will travel to St. Louis to help spread the word there.

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