Railroad crossing safety tips
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Railroad crossing safety tips

Drivers must take precautions in and around school zones, and children need to learn how to be safe getting to school too.

  • Stay alert.
  • Watch for children who might run between vehicles.
  • Be mindful of children at bus stops.
  • Put away your cellphone.
  • Slow down.
  • Obey school zone speed limit signs and all traffic rules.
  • Drive safely around school buses.
  • Drop off and pick up children in the designated areas.
  • Stay alert.
  • Don't run between vehicles.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Put away electronic devices.
  • Cross at intersections and designated crosswalks.
  • Obey crossing guards.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Never attempt to cross a multi-lane highway.
  • Walk on sidewalks.
  • Wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • Your chance of surviving a collision with a train is significantly less than with another car. Don’t risk your life!
  • Remember, trains take longer than cars to stop.
  • Reduce your speed when approaching crossings and look both ways.
  • Look and listen for trains even if the red lights and crossing arms aren't active.
  • Reduce speed when approaching crossings and look both ways.
  • Be sure all tracks are clear before crossing — there may be more than one set.
  • If red lights are flashing or if crossing arms have been lowered, stop: DO NOT CROSS!
  • Never stop on the tracks.
  • If your vehicle breaks down on the tracks, get out and dial 9-1-1.

Texas law requires drivers to yield the right of way to trains.

It is against the law to cross tracks if a train is visible or to drive around gates that have been lowered at a railroad crossing.

If the crossing arms are lowered and no train is coming, the road is closed.