The force of a 30 car freight train hitting your car is equal to the force of your car crushing a tin can. In 2015, the US organisation Operation Lifesaver announced that there were: 2,059 collisions, 967 Injuries, 244 Fatalities. Further reports reveal that a motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle. By law, trains always have the right of way because they are unable to stop quickly, change direction or swerve to avoid a potential collision. A freight train travelling at 55mph takes a mile – the length of 18 football fields or more, before it can stop once the emergency brakes are applied. The increasing number of accidents has prompted the Department for Transport (DOT) to do more to raise awareness at railroad crossings. Attached with the tagline 'Stop! Trains Can't' the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have partnered in the nationwide effort. Their aim is to do everything within their power to reduce this shocking statistic - every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States.
This video is intended to improve education and predominantly target young male motorists who are likely to less cautious at a rail crossing according to statistics.
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