State leaders are trying to reduce the number of railroad-related accidents in Indiana, which is currently ranked 4th nationally for railroad crossing collisions.
To raise the public’s awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossings, this week has been designated as Indiana Rail Safety Week. Law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring rail crossings across the state.
Jessica Feder, Executive Director of Indiana Operation Lifesaver, says motorists need to take the rail crossing warning devices seriously because it is the law. In 2012, there were 106 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 38 people injured and 17 fatalities in the state.