Naperville’s Rail Safety Week

Naperville police joined other agencies across the state to help keep the public safe around trains.

September 11th through the 17th is Rail Safety Week, a time when local law enforcement is reminding the community about the dangers of trains, and how to stay safe.

“Stay a good amount of distance away from the tracks; follow the railroad crossing signs: one of the other things that we’re starting to recommend, don’t wear your headphones while you’re trying to cross the tracks,” says Commander Jason Arres of the Naperville Police Department, who added that any noise making device can be a distraction

And drivers need to pay special attention as well.

“You want to be aware of the arms that control traffic and the lights. If those start to go down, stop your car: don’t try to get around them,” says Arres. “The last thing that we’d want to have happen is a car stall or get stuck on the tracks and end in a tragic way.”

Officers emphasize teaching your kids about train safety from an early age, as children tend to have a fascination with trains.

In 2015, there were 140 motor vehicle crossing collisions in Illinois resulting in 24 fatalities, and 23 other deaths caused when people trespassed onto railroad property.

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