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HELP- RECONGNIZE AND REPORT HIGH RISK AREAS

Because of costs and liabilities railroads are hesitant to construct safety barriers or safety crossings in known danger spots, many times leaving it up to the town or community to rectify the problems, usually after loss of life has already occurred. In the United States every two hours another victim, many of them children, falls prey to the railroad. The railroads need to be held accountable just like businesses, residents, and citizens alike. If the railroad owns the tracks, the right-of-way, and the land adjacent they must make the area safe. We understand this is a monumental task. That is why we need to begin now. The railroad, all safety commissions, planning departments and railroad overseers need to put more focus on locating these areas and correcting the situation. The railroad industry rakes in billions of dollars annually. It is time to increase spending, correct these problems, and save lives. Here are some basic situations that represent a high-risk location.
  1. Any location where injury or loss of life has already occurred.
  2. Locations where schools or parks are adjacent to railroad tracks.
  3. Any location/path regularly being used as a non-sanctioned crossing over the tracks.
  4. Safety crossings where gates exist but when down fail to extend fully over streets and sidewalks.
  5. Residential and other heavily populated areas where there are no nearby crossings or barriers separating the trains from the residents.
  6. Railroad crossing where no gates exist or they fail to respond in a timely manner.
  7. Railroad crossings where the warning lights are not working or difficult to see at certain times of the day.
  8. Railroad crossings where the warning bell is not working or cannot be heard over traffic or other noises in the area.
Railroad tragedies generally occur when one or more of these high risk situations are present.

PLEASE REPORT HIGH RISK AREAS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

We are located in Illinois but working on a nationwide list of contact phone numbers, soon to be posted on this website, for now email us at info@kristenslaw.org and we will work with you to notify the proper authorities.

PLEASE DONATE ! WE NEED YOUR HELP !
Proceeds go towards # 1  Railroad Safety Education and Awareness
                    # 2  Protective Barriers and Fencing
                    # 3  Pedestrian Safety Crossings     
                    # 4  Funeral and Burial expenses
                    # 5  Grief Counseling
click on photos to view high risk examples:

Site where Marielle C. Anderson was killed on 5/24/06

No Pedestrian Barrier

Need More Fence



must maintain fencing in high risk areas

Toddler swing

No barriers