You have to ask: What is their hurry? Is getting to where they are going a few minutes earlier really worth risking their lives?
Tennessee, which has 2,651 miles of track and 4,600 highway railroad crossings, has one of the highest vehicle-train collision rates in the nation. A driver or pedestrian should never attempt to go around lowered gates at a railroad crossing.
If you come to a crossing and see flashing red lights, don’t ignore them. Come to a complete stop. These lights signal the approach of a train (or, as is often the case at crossings in downtown Johnson City, a service vehicle). Wait until the lights have stopped flashing and the gates rise completely before crossing the tracks.
Other things to remember when approaching a railroad crossing:
• Always expect a train. Railway crossings see train traffic at all hours of the day or night.
• Never race a train to a crossing. Remember, there is no tie in a race with a train.
• Never get trapped on a crossing. Proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can safely clear all the tracks.