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Safety Near Railroad Tracks - Walking, Driving and Photography

Walking Safety

Since 2014, there has been a significant rise in fatalities and injuries resulting from photography including selfies, walkers, runners, and other pedestrians who choose to walk or play around railroad tracks. Not only is this practice extremely hazardous and dangerous, but it is also ILLEGAL!

Selfie Tragedy Forever Impacts Those Left Behind - Courtesy of Union Pacific

North Dakota Criminal Trespassing Laws: North Dakota Century Code Section 12.1-22-03

For more information, check out: Operation Lifesaver: Walking Safely Near Tracks


Driving Safety

Too many times vehicles are caught between a grade crossing and a train due to drivers not paying attention to their surroundings or attempting to beat the train. Remember, when it comes to trains and cars, trains always win.

For more information, check out: Operation Lifesaver: Driving Safely Near Tracks



While railroad tracks and equipment can make for quite a dramatic backdrop for scenic or family pictures, they can also be the backdrop of tragedy and death. Railroads are operating businesses that do not run on set schedules, and while you may feel that you know a track is abandoned, trains can travel on any track, at any time, from either direction. Taking pictures in/on/around railroad tracks and equipment is not only dangerous, it is illegal. Railroads are private property.

Watch John-John's Tragic Story - Courtesy of Operation Lifesaver

For more information, check out: Operation Lifesaver: Photographers and Filmmakers


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