JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — With summer activities in full swing and the Fourth of July holiday approaching, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) reminds everyone to stay away from railroad tracks and motorists to use caution at grade crossings.
“We hope our community neighbors enjoy their picnics, fireworks and time with family and friends, but never underestimate the dangers of trespassing or playing on railroad property,” said Terry Ludban, director – community affairs and safety. “Always be alert and remember to play it safe near railroad tracks.”
Tracks are private property. Walking or riding on tracks or other railroad property without the permission of the railroad is illegal. Violators will be prosecuted, and they risk the possibility of serious, even fatal, injury.
“Public safety is a top priority at CSX, and we work closely with our employees, communities and industry partners on education and awareness programs designed to end collisions, fatalities and injuries at grade crossings and on railroad tracks,” Ludban said.
Those programs include CSX’s “Play it Safe” partnership with Front Row Motorsports and NASCAR driver David Ragan, whose car bears a bumper sticker that says “I brake for trains,” reminding everyone to stop at railroad crossings and obey any signs or warning signals.