As April 30th to May 6th marks Rail Safety Week, the Nova Scotia RCMP reminds the public to use caution when using or approaching railway crossings in Nova Scotia.
The summer months are approaching and that means more traffic on our roads and highways. The RCMP is reminding motorists, pedestrians and cyclists that it is illegal to walk, run, cycle or operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railway tracks. It is important to know that the only place to cross a railway track is at an authorized railway crossing.
If you are crossing a railway track follow these safety tips:
– Use caution, be sure to leave yourself enough stopping distance given the speed, weather and road conditions.
– Look both ways and listen for warning whistles.
– Never try to beat an approaching train including going around, under or through a railway gate while it is down or being lowered.
– Never stop on a track and make sure you can cross completely before you start crossing.
– Do not shift gears on a railway crossing. Shift down to a lower gear before crossing and change gears only after crossing the tracks.
– If you’re a pedestrian, avoid stepping onto the rail while crossing as it can be slippery. When cycling, always cross the tracks at right angles to the rails.
“If your vehicle stalls at a crossing, immediately get everyone out of the vehicle and move quickly to a safe location at least 30 meters away. Notify police or the railway company immediately” says Cst. Serge Landry of Halifax District RCMP. “It’s important to remember that a passenger train traveling at 120 km/h requires about 1.6 kilometres to stop.”
For more safety tips regarding the safe use of railway tracks, please visit www.safekidscanada.ca.
The RCMP and you, keeping our communities safe.