Don't become a rail fatality statistic - drive safe at highway-railway crossings
Check out these alarming statistics from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada:
- About every two weeks a passenger train collides with a vehicle at a public railway crossing.
- 60% of the time, these incidents result in injury or fatality.
These numbers are unacceptable and have landed highway-railway crossings on the TSB's 2012 Watchlist. This list is made up of the transportation issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians.
Here's the reality: if you choose to drive around the gates at a highway-railway crossing or ignore the signs and devices, there's a good chance you'll become a fatality statistic. Play close attention every time you encounter a highway-railway crossing and remember: look, listen, live.
For a reminder of the risks that exist at highway-railway crossings, watch this video from the TSB: