“Operation Clear Track” aims to educate drivers on railroad safety

“Operation Clear Track” aims to educate drivers on railroad safety

August 31, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


2105 that’s how many times trains were involved in car accidents across the u.s. last year in Michigan alone more than 50 crashes and five deaths Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is now taking the initiative and kicking up patrols to help spread awareness about railroad safety for drivers is called Operation clear track our Kim – Giulio has the story the rules are pretty simple the gate goes down you stop the train goes by then the gate goes back up and you can drive unfortunately not all drivers are that good at following directions which is why Macomb County police officers are out here this week educating drivers on a railroad safety we’re gonna make some stops and either give some warnings or write some tickets some citations to make sure people are obeying the laws it’s all a part of railroad safety week that’s being observed in the US and Canada this week last year 2105 railroad incidents occurred Michigan accounted for 54 of those which included 18 injuries and 5 deaths but how do these accidents happen people don’t realize how fast the train may be traveling so they may drive around the gate thinking they can make it and it’s a recipe for disaster and even if you are able to get around the gate safely if you’re caught you could get a ticket that will cost you up to 190 dollars the laws don’t only pertain to vehicles pedestrians can get ticketed too people need to be aware that they’re not allowed to walk on the train tracks or alongside the train tracks because it is private property these laws are only in place to keep people safe remember it takes a train a mile or more to come to a full stop that’s not something you want to put to the test reporting in Macomb County i’m kim de giulio local 4