RALEIGH -This week, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson visited the BeRailSafe booth at the N.C. State Fair to sign a pledge stating his commitment to rail safety.The pledge encourages people not to trespass on railroad tracks, to cross them only at public crossings and to look both ways to be sure a train is not coming."Railroad safety is an important message that we want to share with all North Carolinians," said Secretary Tennyson. "I welcome everyone here to join me in signing this pledge to be safe around railroad tracks." Fairgoers are invited to stop by and sign the pledge, which is displayed at the BeRailSafe booth at Safety City, which is sponsored by NCDOT's Governor's Highway Safety Program.Trespassing on railroad tracks is dangerous and illegal. Walking on or along railroad tracks in North Carolina without the consent of the railroad company is a misdemeanor. It can also be deadly -already this year, 21 people have been killed walking on railroad tracks across the state.BeRailSafe is NCDOT's statewide rail safety program that provides information and programming to adults and kids alike about the importance of staying safe around railroad tracks. BeRailSafe also trains first responders across the state in how to deal with emergencies that arise around railroad tracks.