Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 14 - Reducing Vehicle-Train Crashes
Each year, hundreds of fatalities are sustained at the nation’s ubiquitous highway-rail grade crossings. Many are the result of drivers deliberately circumventing or otherwise purposely violating active control devices. In other cases drivers are unsure of their responsibilities because warning devices, both active and passive, are perceived by motorists as ambiguous. There also exists a general lack of public awareness about highway-rail crossings that may be traced in part to ineffectual licensing and driver education efforts. While these strategies concentrate on railroad highway crossing initiatives, they may be expanded as appropriate to similar light-rail transit crossing concerns.