The week of September 22 – 28 is Rail Safety Week across the United States and Canada. Rail Safety Week (“RSW”) reinforces Operation Lifesaver’s mission to save lives. The goal of RSW is to raise awareness about the importance of rail safety and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way.
During Operation Clear Track, more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad police organizations are stationed at grade crossing and trespassing incident locations in 48 states to hand out safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and enforce crossing and trespass laws.
During RSW, members of the Newark Police Department’s Traffic and Special Operations Units will be stationed at grade crossings around Newark to educate the public about grade crossing safety and to enforce laws related to rail safety.
The following are some grade crossing safety tips:
In Newark, trespassing on railroad tracks is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of a least $100.00 and not to exceed $500.00, or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or by both fine and imprisonment.