During the Loblolly Railroad Model Train Display, spectators
enjoyed the sights and sounds of model trains.
"Around the holiday
we all go back to the train under the tree," said Patricia Downing, Depot
But during the holiday tradition, volunteers from Texas
Operation Lifesaver worked to educate spectators on railroad safety.
For drivers and pedestrians alike that means focusing on
"Look, listen, and
live. We need to put away the distractions, the cell phone, the GPS," said Mark
Carnes, Volunteer, Operation Lifesaver.
Volunteer Mark Carnes says drivers should remember to wait
at a train crossing and never try to beat an approaching train.
As for pedestrians, walking on the railroad tracks is not
only dangerous but illegal.
Carnes says trains cannot stop quickly, so those warning
signs surrounding the railroad track are there for the public's protection.
"Focus on the warning
signs, the flash signs they're a warning device to warn the public of trains,"
At the end of 2012 the Associated Press reported that 32
people died at railroad crossings in Texas.
And volunteers believe that removing everyday distractions
can make a difference in keeping people safe.
"They are distracted
by text messages, possibly the children in the back seat. They need to focus
when approaching the railroad crossing, where they are and what they are doing
to remain safe," said Carnes.
The Texas Operation Lifesaver Volunteers will be at Nacogdoches
Railroad Depot again Sunday for their final day of safety training.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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