Don't play games with your life: stay safe around train tracks
(Editor's note: The image above is a photo illustration, not real life.)
Playing games can be fun, but you shouldn’t play games with your life. Here are a few things to remember so you can stay safe around Link and Sounder trains:
- Whenever you’re by tracks, make sure you remove headphones and stay off your cellphone. Pay attention to your surroundings.
Trains may come from either direction
- Just because one train has passed doesn’t mean you’re safe. Always look both ways before crossing at legal crossings.
Always use crosswalks and obey traffic signals and crossing gates
- Trains always have the right of way. It’s difficult to judge how far away a train is and how fast it’s going, so you should never walk around or under rail crossing gates.
Tracks are for trains, not people
- Do not walk, play or take photos on the tracks. You may think that you’ll hear trains coming, but you won’t. Trains move fast.
Trespassing is illegal
- Taking a shortcut over the tracks is illegal. Police patrol the tracks and will hand out tickets if you are caught. Only cross at designated crossings, including beaches.
Unlike a video game, you don’t have extra lives so live to play another day by being smart and safe around trains and tracks.