With Utah’s schools back in session, it’s a great time to brush up on basic safety. UTA transit police have been monitoring crossings along the new TRAX lines near schools and are providing safety information to students on foot, but we need your help!
Here are 10 safety tips you should review with your student:
- Plan a route. Make sure your student’s route to school or the bus stop is as direct as possible with as few street and rail crossings as possible.
- Walk the route beforehand. Point out safety concerns and areas students should take special care.
- Obey safety signals. Trains can come from either direction at any time and can be very quiet. Obey all signs and signals.
- Cross only at dedicated crossings. Whether on foot, on a bike, skateboard, scooter or in a car, cross only at crossings marked by signs, signals or pavement markings.
- Always look both ways before crossing a busy intersection or railroad track.
- Stand away from trains. Pay attention to painted and/or raised markings near the edges of sidewalks and station platforms. Trains are wider than the tracks.
- If you see a train coming, wait! Don’t be tempted to beat the train.
- Never stop on railroad tracks.
- Reduce distractions like cell phone use, headphones, etc. when moving around railroad crossings.
- Make sure your child knows your phone number and address, along with how to dial 911 in an emergency.
There are lots of resources available to help you talk to your students, from activity pages to rail videos.
In addition, UTA offers Operation Lifesaver rail safety training to schools in areas along its rail corridors as well as to other organizations. To schedule a presentation, please contact Chad Saley at firstname.lastname@example.org