photo by Boyd Loving
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Glen Rock NJ, according to NJ Transit Police there are over 300 public grade crossings throughout the NJ TRANSIT system. Each, with warning signals and signs to keep you safe. Recently, there has been an unfortunate increase in grade crossing incidents. Accidents happen when pedestrians or drivers disregard warning signals and go around active crossing gates. This is illegal and it is EXTREMELY dangerous. Far too often, an attempt to beat the train, becomes a tragic, yet avoidable mistake. For the safety of yourself, NJ TRANSIT train crews, and passengers; please follow all grade crossing safety signals.
Please remember and share these important safety tips:
Never attempt to go around downed crossing gates. Trains come from both directions.
Obey the signs and signals. The lights and bells begin flashing and ringing before the gates begin to come down ** that is your signal to stop **.
never stop on grade crossings and make sure there is enough distance between you and other vehicles so you can safely exit the crossing.
If you find yourself on the railroad with the gates down keep driving forward or if there is not room in front of you, get out of the vehicle and move as quickly as possible away from it.
Cross at designated areas only.