Teaching Train Helps Educate Residents about Train Safety
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- It was all aboard the safety train for several residents, young and old on Tuesday, to become better aware of potential dangers.
Dozens of people took a free ride on the safety train run by Union Pacific and Operation Lifesaver.
The program has been running for years now, and officials say it brings the message of train safety to the public. In fact, at the end of each session, every participant is handed a quiz to demonstrate how much they learned.
“Well operation lifesaver has been around for 42 years and we have brought the number of collisions between people and trains and vehicles and trains down by about 43 percent over the last 42 years,” said Tracy Rossbach, state coordinator for Operation Lifesaver.
Officials say it's because of lessons like this one they've seen an increase in train safety. When you actually put someone on a train, officials say it helps them grasp just how big, fast and powerful they are.