Trespassing Casualties by State
Trespass Casualties by State - Top 15 States
(Based on Preliminary 2016 Federal Railroad Administration Statistics)
According to FRA statistics, 994 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2016. Approximately 72% of all Year 2016 trespass casualties occurred in the 15 states listed below.
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Track Facts and Tips
- Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is not only dangerous, it's illegal. Trespassers can be arrested and fined - the ultimate penalty is death.
- The ONLY legal, safe place to cross tracks is at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
- Do not walk, run, cycle or operate all terrain vehicles (ATVs) on railroad tracks, rights-of-way or through tunnels.
- There are approximately 160,000 miles of track operated in the United States (source: Association of American Railroads, 2010).
- Do not walk, jog, hunt, fish or bungee jump on railroad trestles. They are not designed to be sidewalks or pedestrian bridges; there is only enough clearance on the tracks for a train to pass.
- Do not attempt to jump aboard railroad equipment at any time. A slip of the foot can cost you a limb, or your life.
- Remember - rails and recreation do NOT mix!
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