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In-Service Safety Series
FOR PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISORS
In-Service Safety Series
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HIGHWAY-RAIL GRADE CROSSING SAFETY

NOTE: This module can be substituted for an Operation Lifesaver class, if you are unable to arrange one.

Overview

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Description: The driver must be aware of the potential dangers at highway-rail grade crossings. The driver must know how to cross a highway-rail intersection safely. At the completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the potential dangers at highway-rail grade crossings
  2. Explain the appropriate procedures to make such a crossing safely.

Handouts:
#1 How to Cross a Highway-Rail Intersection Safely
#2 Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Warning Devices

Could be presented with:
Knowing Your Route
Vehicle Training

What the Pupil Transportation Supervisor Can Do

  • Make sure you know your local laws regarding when and how to cross highway-rail grade crossings.
  • Know how to report problems and handle emergencies. Become acquainted with (and get the telephone numbers for) your local railroad superintendent(s), your local law enforcement agencies, and your state and local road authorities.
  • Whenever possible, design routes to avoid highway-rail grade crossings. When this is not possible, list the grade crossing numbers on each route sheet. You can get the grade crossing numbers from the Highway Department.
  • Learn how to contact your Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator. This person can be your connection to the railroads.

Additional Resources

  1. Operation Lifesaver. A nationwide, non-profit public information organization dedicated to reducing collisions, injuries, and fatalities at highway-rail grade crossings as well as discouraging trespassing on tracks and trestles. There are Operation Lifesaver programs in almost every state. Operation Lifesaver makes educational presentations upon request and produces educational kits, brochures, and videotapes. Operation Lifesaver, Inc., 1420 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (800) 537-6224.
  2. Preventing Disaster at the Crossing (VHS videotape, 18 minutes, 1990). Teaches safe crossing procedures for school bus drivers. Morton Suggestion Company, P.O. Box 76, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, (800) 323-0423, $10. Note: This video is included with the School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series.
  3. The Responsibility Is Ours (Training booklets and VHS videotape, 18 minutes, 1996). The school bus driver learns about highway-rail grade crossing safety by riding in a locomotive and on a school bus. Available from Operation Lifesaver (see General Resources). Video $10, video and reproducible booklet $30. Note: This video is included with the School Bus Driver In-Service Safety Series.



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