PETAL, MS (WDAM) - The railroad blitz, a partnership between Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (MSOL) and the Petal Police Department, was in Petal on Thursday to bring about awareness to the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings.
Crossing blitzes are held throughout the year in various locations statewide to increase awareness and reduce the numbers of fatalities at locations where roadways intersect with train tracks and at railroad rights of way.
According to Kim Sloan, executive director of Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, it is extremely important for the public to be informed about the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings and trespassing on railroad property.
"We must do our best to inform motorists, as well as pedestrians of the dangers that they can encounter at railroad crossings," Sloan said. "We are working to raise public awareness about these incidents, and hope that with our "See Tracks? Think Train!" message, we can will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries not only in Petal, but statewide."
According to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Safety Data, there have been six fatalities in Mississippi as of Aug. 31 of this year.
Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is working diligently to stop the needless deaths and injuries on or near highway rail grade crossings through education, enforcement and engineering.
Operation Lifesaver presentations are available free of charge to local schools and organizations. Contact MSOL at 601-359-7539 or 601-594-4713 for more information.