Rail Safety Week in Wisconsin

Sept. 24-30

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The week of September 24-30 has been declared Rail Safety Week by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has teamed up with the Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, Wisconsin Operation Life Saver, and Federal Railroad Administration to increase awareness and educate the public on railroad safety.

Operation Lifesaver says slowing down and being aware of the crossing is important and to always yield to oncoming trains, but it’s not just drivers that need to be on the lookout.

“This affects everyone. Pedestrians, recreation people, hikers, drivers. Anytime you get to a railroad crossing, there’s a danger there. You have to be aware of what’s happening at the crossing so that you can make sure you are safe,” said Steve Kientz, an Operation Lifesaver volunteer.

According to the WisDOT, there are around 4,500 railroad crossings in the state. In 2016, two people were killed and 15 injured in 46 crossing accidents – trespassing on railroads resulted in one death and three injuries.

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