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CSX employees, retirees and Operation Lifesaver volunteers partnered with local Florida agencies to raise awareness about train safety during Train Safety Week in April.
During the recent week-long campaign, law-enforcement personnel were positioned at various rail-highway grade crossings, where they were prepared to educate drivers and pedestrians about state laws related to trains and railroad tracks. In addition, the team passed out educational materials at designated crossings, including one on Jacksonville's Westside.
"In about two hours, we were able to reach close to 1,500 motorists and pedestrians during the crossing and trespass blitz in West Jacksonville," said Annette Hayes, CSX Community Affairs & Safety officer. "If we open the eyes of just one person about train safety, it's well worth it."
This is one of many ways the company hopes to increase train safety awareness. In addition to being out in the community at grade crossings, CSX employees and other volunteers will be in local classrooms to drive the message home with school-age children.
“Just think of the many distractions drivers and pedestrians face today,” said Cliff Stayton, director-Community Affairs and Safety. “The reality is people have so many other things going on such as cell phones, texting, mobile video and the internet – all of which could have deadly consequences, because there is no second chance if you meet a train on the tracks.”