Monday, July 7, 2014

'DEEP: Railroad Safety Includes Anglers, Hunters, and Outdoor Enthusiasts'

In a release, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation Police and “Operation Lifesaver,” the nonprofit railroad safety organization, reminded "those who enjoy outdoor recreation areas to stay away from the railroad tracks."
Connecticut state law "prohibits anyone without consent of the railroad company from entering and remaining on railroad right-of-way," the release said.
“Unauthorized use of railroad tracks is both dangerous and illegal,” said Col.l Kyle Overturf, director of DEEP’s EnCon Police, also in the release. “That means you don’t fish or hunt from the trestles or tracks, or use them as an access or short cut.  Whether you are fishing or bird watching keep a safe distance away from the railroad tracks.”
“Every year, Connecticut experiences injuries and fatalities associated with individuals trespassing on railroad rights-of-way,” James Peay, state director of Operation Lifesaver, said, in the release. “We think the way to help prevent these needless deaths and injuries are education- education and more education about what trains can and cannot do.”
“Trains can’t swerve or stop quickly, environmental conditions can muffle their sounds, and they can approach without your knowledge. Flying debris and banding that holds on the flat cars can become unsecured and strike anyone within the right-of-way.”
For more information on fishing, hunting and boating safety, visit www.ctgov/deep/ or call 1-(800) 842-4357. For more information on railroad safety, or a complimentary presentation for any group Visit Connecticut Operation Lifesaver at: or call (860) 594-2368

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