Officials remind us that railroad tracks are dangerous

Posted at 9:04 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 23:16:18-04

Every three hours a train collision happens somewhere in the Unites States.

The Federal Railroad Administration reports in 2016 there have been about 600 train collisions, six of those in Nebraska.

Drivers are required by law to stop for a train at railroad crossings, and it could take a train over a mile to stop.

"We have so many people that just do not pay attention when they are around railroad tracks," said Carol Daley, Executive Director of Nebraska Operation Lifesaver.

Daley said they have always had problems with cars that think they can beat the train, but officials are faced with a popular trend that is putting people's lives in danger.

"We have an increase in photographers being out on the railroad tracks," she said.

Tthe idea of taking the perfect picture on the railroad tracks may sound serene, but Daley said it needs to stop.

"Stay off the tracks, they are live tracks and they don't think it is because they don't see a train all the time."

Trains used to make a 'click-clack' sound on the tracks, but with updated technology they just glide, and don't make as much noise.

Being out on the tracks is also against the law, "It is definitely illegal, its trespassing and they can be ticketed for it," said Daley.

She said that risking your life on the tracks just isn't worth it.

"You don't win; you don't win, whether you are in a car or walking along the track you do not win."