The Illinois State Police is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Illinois Rail Safety Week this week (Sept. 11th-17th).
During 2015, there were 140 railroad gate crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 80 injuries and 31 fatalities. There were 41 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 18 injuries and 23 fatalities. Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 5th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.
The ISP is promoting railway safety awareness and education by planning enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. In addition, officers will be distributing information to the public that contains tips on how to stay safe around trains and train tracks.
For more information on Illinois Rail Safety Week, visit illinois-rail-safety-week-dot-org.