The only place you may cross a railway track is at an authorized railway crossing. Whenever you must cross a railway crossing, follow these safety tips:
– Look both ways and listen for warning whistles before crossing.
– Never try to beat an approaching train; this includes going around, under or through a railway gate while it is down or being lowered.
– Never stop on a track.
– Make sure you can cross the track completely before you start.
– 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 on a 90 degree angle 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 in the direction of the approaching train. When the train impacts the vehicle, you will be in a safer area. Then notify the police or railway company right away,” says Sgt. Brian Herrick of RCMP Traffic Services. “It’s important to remember that a passenger train traveling at 120 km/h requires about 1.6 kilometres to stop”.
Please do your part to keep Nova Scotia roadways safe.