Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Railroad Deaths Up In 2013

Railroads are launching a campaign to increase awareness of danger at train tracks. The number of the Idaho Press-Tribune.
trespassing deaths grew 11 percent last year, to 476. And the number of deaths in accidents increased nearly 8 percent, to 250 according to

Railroad officials aren't sure why the increase, but Operation Lifesaver CEO Joyce Rose says it might be a side effect of distracted driving caused by smartphones and other electronic devices.

You will soon be seeing new "See Tracks? Think Train" commercials, backed by the Association of American Railroads trade group, major railroads and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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