November 5, 2020 - TRA Newswire -

A $ 6.6 million effort is now running on radio stations and through digital and social media in 7 states, including Texas, with a message for drivers and high-risk highway-rail crossings: Stop. Trains Can't.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched this year’s “Stop. Trains Can’t.” public education campaign  in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Tennessee, and Texas.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said that “so many fatalities at highway-railway crossings are preventable; this campaign aims to raise public awareness and save lives.”

The campaign is managed by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens said “a train can’t swerve out of the way or stop on a dime. We all have a responsibility to be safe while on the highways, and that means drivers must always look carefully before driving across train tracks and obey any warning signals or lowered crossing gate arms. Trying to beat a train could cost you your life.”

In the last five years, 798 people died while driving across railroad tracks in front of approaching trains. Last year 126 people were killed and 635 people injured at railroad crossings.