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More than 2,200 collisions with trains were reported across the country last year, resulting in 293 deaths and 807 injuries. Florida ranks third highest for collisions.
A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle. The Maitland Police Department encourages all drivers to use extra caution, to follow signals and to stay clear of railroad tracks:
• The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think.
• Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly.
• Never drive around lowered gates — it’s illegal and deadly.
• Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.
• If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train. Locate the Emergency Notification System sign and call the number provided, telling them about the stalled vehicle.
• At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.
• When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.