Union Pacific urges drivers to use caution at railroad crossings

SPRING, Texas — Union Pacific Railroad reminds drivers to use caution at railroad crossings while traveling during the July 4th weekend.

“Independence Day is a special time for gathering with family and friends, and we urge drivers to use caution as they approach and cross railroad tracks,” said Robert Morrison, Union Pacific Chief of Police. “Drivers should always expect a train and obey all railroad signals and gates when traveling during this holiday week.”

With a companywide focus on safety and proactive public education through UP CARES initiatives (Union Pacific Crossing Accident Reduction Education and Safety), Union Pacific works to educate residents of the need for caution around railroad tracks.

Union Pacific has reduced grade crossing accident rates by 15 percent from 2003 to 2013. UP CARES initiatives promote pedestrian and driver safety through a variety of outreach efforts:

Grade crossing education and enforcement, during which motorists violating rail crossing signage and laws are educated about the dangers of such actions. Related “positive enforcement” initiatives reward drivers who operate safely at grade crossings.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 249 people died and 952 were injured in 2013 as a result of grade crossing incidents across the United States.