U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Launches Stop. Trains Can’t. Awareness Campaign to Save Lives at Railroad Grade Crossings

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the launch today of this year’s Stop. Trains Can’t. public education campaign, which will run through November 8. This national $6.6 million safety campaign will run on radio, digital, and social media, educating drivers not to gamble with their lives at rail grade crossings.  The campaign will also target high-risk highway-railway crossings in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) manage this campaign.   Over the past five years, 798 people have died while trying to drive across railroad tracks.  In 2019 alone, 126 people were killed and 635 people were injured at railroad crossings.  Of those killed, about 75% died after the driver went around lowered crossing gate arms.

-via Press Release

This article was posted on: October 9, 2020