UPDATED: Brightline to emphasize safety statewide in Florida

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WEST PALM BEACH — Brightline officials say they're going to "amplify" the safety message about not trespassing on train tracks in the coming days and weeks.

"Safety systems are in place. They work, yet we recognize that we need to amplify the message around safety," says Brightline Chief Operating Officer Patrick Goddard
in a video posted online by West Palm Beach's WPTV Friday.

Goddard and other officials gathered in West Palm Beach Friday morning for a news conference after the public became outraged over the deaths of two pedestrians in the past week. Local police confirmed the persons had ignored activated crossing gates and were killed by oncoming Brightline passenger trains.

WPTV reports that Brightline will begin a statewide educational campaign that appears to use materials the railroad already developed with Operation Lifesaver in multiple languages. The railroad will reportedly install digital signs at certain crossings that remind pedestrians of the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks. Railroad officials are also expected to employ safety ambassadors who will patrol the railroad's route and meet people one-on-one to talk to them about being safe near a railroad.

The television station also said local officials are considering deploying a system of drones that would monitor the railroad's right-of-way and alert train crews to trespassers. A prototype of the concept is set for testing with the Federal Railroad Administration in Maine later this year.

See the original article online.

UPDATE: Complete write-through and video from Florida television station. Jan. 19, 2018 12:00 p.m. Central time.

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