You wouldn’t ride your bike down an active runway. And you certainly wouldn’t send your kids to play on the interstate. So why would you use train tracks as a shortcut, bike path or playground?
In North Carolina, freight and passenger trains are always running. And if you’re on the tracks, it means a 6000-ton train could be barreling toward you at any moment. You may not see it or hear it…and once the driver sees you (if he or she does), the train won’t be able to stop in time.
In 2010 alone, over 13 people were killed and 15 were injured in North Carolina because they were walking, riding or playing on the tracks when they shouldn’t have been.* You don’t bike on a runway because a runway is for airplanes. And your kids don’t play on the interstate because the interstate is for motor vehicles. You respect these truths. Now respect the track because tracks are for trains – not for you.
* Federal Railroad Administration, January through November of 2010.