Florida mounts Rail Safety Week effort

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Seeking to address the nation’s second-highest count of train-related fatalities, officials throughout Florida are highlighting a series of public awareness efforts as part of Rail Safety Week, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

More than 500 police departments throughout the state will be enforcing trespassing laws and handing out rail safety information on Tuesday.

Brightline, the Miami-West Palm Beach passenger service, has a multilingual safety program, and has partnered with non-profit Talent4Change to create the BuzzItForward mobile barbershop program, which offers free haircuts to the homeless and underpriviledged while spreading a rail-safety message.

Tri-Rail, the Miami-area commuter rail system, has teamed with the Florida Department of Transportation to establish the “Respect the Rails” program to discourage suicide by train. And the state department of transportation has also created instructional videos for YouTube as part of its Be Rail Smart initiative.

Florida saw 43 people killed from trespassing on rail right-of-way and 21 more die in collisions at railroad crossings in 2017, according to Federal Railroad Administration statistics. Only California had more rail deaths.

More Rail Safety Week information is available at the Operation Lifesaver website.

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