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Metra and MPD Team Up to Support Illinois Rail Safety Week to Raise Awareness of Train versus Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Collisions

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Eric J. Guenther
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847-968-3775

For Immediate Release

Metra and MPD Team Up to Support Illinois Rail Safety Week to Raise Awareness of Train versus Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Collisions

Mundelein, IL—09/23/19 - The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) is coordinating the sixth, statewide Illinois Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 22nd to 28th, in partnership with Metra, CN Railroad, and Illinois Operation Lifesaver, along with support from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, railroads, schools, and various private sector agencies.  

The ILACP is also pleased to announce that Operation Lifesaver has declared the same week as National Rail Safety Week, and the ILACP is proud to be part of the national effort.  The Mundelein Police Department wants to promote safety for motorists and pedestrians around railroad tracks.  According to Operation Lifesaver, there are several factors that contribute to the occurrence of a train versus motor vehicle/pedestrian collision:

  • A motorist/pedestrian will see a train coming, but grossly misjudge the actual speed and distance of the train.
  • A motorist will try and beat a train to the crossing and either get struck by the train or run into the side of the train.
  • As a train clears a crossing, the motorist/pedestrian immediately that starts across the tracks without looking for other trains may either strike or be struck by a train running on an adjacent track.
  • A motorist that becomes “too familiar” with a crossing may not use the appropriate amount of caution necessary when near a crossing.
  • The motorist fails to observe and obey the advance railroad warning sign and other crossing warning signs and signals.
  • A motorist is intoxicated and cannot properly operate a motor vehicle.
  • A motorist overdrives his/her headlights at night or fails to properly adapt his/her driving speed to the prevailing weather conditions and thus drives into the side of the train.
  • A motorist/pedestrian becomes distracted by things such as cellular telephones, loud music, passengers, GPS systems, texting devices, etc. and becomes oblivious to his/her surroundings.

If you would like more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.

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