The importance of blue signs at railroad crossings


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Signs posted at railroad crossings are part of an initiative to avoid collisions on train tracks.

The blue signs have critical information in case of an emergency. The signs started going up last year. They are federally mandated to be at all crossings by the end of 2016.

The signs contain information that drivers need to know if they should get stuck on railroad tracks, or if there’s another emergency.

The signs have the number of the railroad crossing and a 1-800 number to call if there’s a problem on the tracks. Calling that number gets railroad workers to stop trains in the area to avoid a crash.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization that focuses on reducing fatalities at railroad crossings. The group says someone is hit by a train every three hours in the United States.

“We just have had so many instances where collisions could have been prevented, whether they’re walking, they’re on their bikes, they’re in vehicles,” says Susie Klinger, State Coordinator, Operation Lifesaver. “We’ve had snowmobilers get stuck. We really need everybody to be as safe as they can because everything should be avoidable.”

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