State of Illinois Proclaims September 11th - 17th Illinois Rail Safety Week
The State of Illinois has declared September 11th to 17th as Illinois Rail Safety Week in order to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains. In Illinois during 2015, there were 140 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 79 injuries and 24 fatalities. During 2015, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in vehicle collision fatalities and 5th in the nation in pedestrian fatalities.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Lemont Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations within the Village of Lemont to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks. Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate are to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
According to the Illinois Commerce Commission;
- Illinois has more than 7,400 miles of railroad track, the second largest rail system of any state in the nation.
- Over 500 million tons of freight moves on rails within Illinois each year which is the most of any state in the nation.
- Chicago is the largest rail hub in the United States and third largest intermodal container/trailer port in the world, following only Singapore and Hong Kong.