Officials Make Safety Declaration

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Most of us cross railroad tracks nearly everyday, but CSX officials say many drivers overlook the significance of using caution at railroad crossings.

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford declared August "Operation Lifesaver Safety Month."

WYMT's Marie Luby was there as county, railroad, and KVE officials kicked off the enforcement blitz.

Railroad crossings are familiar sights across the mountains, but Drivers don't always play by the rules when heading over the tracks.

That's why Pike County officials are teaming up with CSX and KVE for Operation Lifesaver Safety Month, to coincide with the start of school.

“We're going to put an officer on the head end of the locomotive and give him a bird's eye view of what our train crews see every day,” Bryan Glover, CSX Community Affairs & Safety said.

CSX officials say the view is a dangerous one with many people ignoring the warnings for an oncoming train.

“The emergency flashers will come on, the gates if they have gates will come down, and they need to make sure that they stop at those gates and do not try to beat the train,” Jeff Jacobs, KVE officer said.

It's not just about issuing citations. CSX officials are also helping train Pike County School Bus Drivers on how to be safe at railroad crossings and pass the lessons down to kids.

“The children when they're coming home from school every day. That's when that school bus driver pulls up to a crossing and stops, their job is to be quiet so that school bus driver can do his or her job,” Glover said.

Officials say their combined effort in education and enforcement is critical for public safety.

CSX officials say accidents at railroad crossings aren't just life-threatening for drivers they also pose a risk to those operating trains.

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