RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division is commemorating International Level Crossing Awareness Day Thursday, June 7. In the United States a "level crossing" is known as at-grade crossing, where the railroad track meets the road. To increase awareness, the state's Rail Division is conducting safety blitzes in Durham and Greenville to keep motorists informed about safety on the railroad tracks. NCDOT workers, contractors and volunteers will be handing out literature pertaining to its educational awareness program, called BeRailSafe. Motorists should respect the crossing and the track by following these tips:
- Always expect a train at every highway-rail intersection;
- Freight trains do not travel on a predictable schedule and passenger train schedules frequently change;
- Trains ALWAYS have the right-of-way over ambulances, fire engines, cars and law enforcement;
- Always stop your vehicle when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing. Never try to drive around the gate. Look both ways, listen and proceed with caution;
- Never stop your car on railroad tracks. When approaching an intersection at railroad tracks, keep your car safely behind the white lines; and
The crossing blitzes in Durham will be held at Swift Avenue in conjunction with NCDOT partner Norfolk Southern. The blitzes in Greenville will be held at Beatty Street with partner CSX and at Allen Road with short line partner Carolina Coastal Railroad. For more information on crossing safety, visit BeRailSafe.org. For more information on International Level Crossing Awareness Day, visit www.ilcad.org.
- Never race a train to a crossing.