Posted December 18, 2013 10:08 a.m. CST
With winter in full swing, Union Pacific reminds drivers to follow good winter driving habits and arrive safely at your destinations during this holiday season.
"Too many people have been injured or killed over the years driving too fast during winter weather conditions," said UP's Ron Tindall, safety general manager. "We want to remind drivers to slow down when winter weather conditions - snow and/or ice - are present on the roads.
"Reducing your speed and allowing plenty of time to come to a complete stop is especially important near grade crossings," he added. "It can take a mile or more to stop a train, and by the time a locomotive engineer sees you on the track, it is too late to stop. If you're driving too fast for the slick conditions you won't be able to stop in time to avoid running into the path of or into the side of a moving train at a crossing."
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 271 people died and 930 were injured in 2012 in grade crossing incidents across the United States. The Department of Transportation studied accident reports over a 10-year period and found 94 percent of public grade crossing accidents were caused by risky driver behavior, such as driving around activated automatic gates. Union Pacific urges drivers and pedestrians to use caution near railroad tracks and offers the following rail safety tips:
For more rail safety information, go to upcares.com.
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