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Operation Lifesaver Promotes Rail Safety

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If you see the tracks, you should always be on the lookout for trains.

That's the mindset Operation Lifesaver wants young drivers to have.

The program is working to promote railroad safety nationwide.

It's a non-profit educational program dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities on and around railroad tracks.

State Coordinator Peter Pomonis says to always expect a train, never drive around the gates, and remember that railroad tracks are private property.

Anytime you're walking on tracks not at a designated crossing, you are trespassing.

According to the program, about every three hours across the country, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

"It's been shocking to me how many people have stories about either being close to being hit by a train or knowing somebody who was hit by a train or knowing somebody - their vehicle was hit. It is a big issue and one that needs to be taken care of," says Peter Pomonis, ND State Coordinator, Operation Lifesaver.

Operation Lifesaver has nearly 40 volunteers in North Dakota that do presentations across the state.


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