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Help reduce the number of rail-related deaths and injuries in California by sharing rail safety tips with your friends and family. Read this safety information below re-post it on your Facebook page, e-mail or Tweet. Your help may save a life.

  • California ranks No. 1 in preventable rail-related fatalities and injuries in the country.
  • A train moving at 55 miles per hour can take over a mile to stop.
  • Never walk, bike, or jog on a railroad track.
  • Always stop at railroad crossings.
  • Trains can come from either direction on the same track at any time and can be very quiet. Around train tracks or in stations, obey all warning signs and signals.
  • Use of headsets or cell phones around tracks can prevent you from hearing an approaching train.
  • Trains are wider than the tracks. If you get too close you can be hit or dragged under the train.
  • Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. In addition, there are substantial fines for going around the crossing arms.