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NCDOT Takes Rail Safety Message to Gibsonville As Part of International Level Crossing Awareness Day

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation's BeRailSafe program, along with the Gibsonville Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Guilford County Sheriff's Office, spoke to a number of Gibsonville motorists about railroad safety today as part of a Crossing Blitz' conducted at railroad crossings along Springwood Ave.

More than 800 tip sheets emphasizing the importance of staying safe near railroad tracks were distributed to passing motorists as part of the two-hour operation.

The crossing blitz was conducted in conjunction with International Level Crossing Awareness Day, a global initiative held on June 3 to educate the public about rail safety.

Crossing blitzes are held periodically across the state in an effort to combat vehicular and trespasser deaths. In 2014, 23 people have been injured or killed by trains while trespassing or driving a vehicle on railroad tracks. Recently, a pedestrian in Gibsonville was struck and killed by a passing train while walking on the tracks.

Rail Safety Tips


  • Always stop your vehicle when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing. Wait for the crossing gates to rise and lights to stop flashing. Look both ways, listen and proceed with caution. For your safety, obey all signs and signals at railroad crossings.
  • Never stop your car on railroad tracks. When approaching an intersection at railroad tracks, keep your car behind the white lines.
  • If your car stalls while crossing the tracks, get out immediately and call 911 or the emergency notification number located on the railroad signal equipment. If a train is coming - abandon the car! Proceed quickly toward the train at a 45 degree angle so that if the train strikes your car you will be safe from flying debris.
  • Be aware that trains may operate any time throughout the day and night in either direction.


  • Never walk or run on railroad tracks. Remember: "Tracks are for trains. Stay away and stay alive."
  • Walking on or near railroad tracks is dangerous - and illegal. Trains in North Carolina operate up to 79 miles per hour and can take more than a mile to come to a complete stop. Also, tracks are on private property; you risk being cited for trespassing.
  • Do not cycle or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks or railroad rights of way.
  • Do not hunt, fish or bungee jump from railroad trestles. They are not designed to be sidewalks - there is only enough clearance for a train to pass.
  • Always look both ways before crossing railroad tracks and cross only in designated areas.
  • Do not cross tracks when gates are down.
  • Be aware that trains may operate any time throughout the day and night in either direction.
  • Do not attempt to hop onboard railroad cars or locomotives at any time.


2/15/2018 5:23 PM