SMART stresses North Bay rail safety

By Mark Prado
Mark Prado

As part of National Rail Safety Week, Sept. 22-28, North Bay law enforcement agencies will be partnering with the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency to reinforce safe behaviors near trains, tracks and at railroad crossings.

Police officers will be actively patrolling railroad crossings, in San Rafael, Novato, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Santa Rosa.

Help promote rail safety awareness by following these important safety tips:

· Never walk on the tracks—it’s dangerous and illegal.

· Wait for the gate. Pay attention to signs and signals at railroad crossings. Wait for the bells and lights to stop, and for the gates to rise before crossing the tracks.

· Don’t be distracted by cell phones, texting, and headphones. Stay alert and aware near tracks, trains and at station platforms.

· Never rush through railroad crossing gates to avoid waiting. Only drive through crossings when you have enough room to make it safely through to the other side, and never stop on the tracks.

For rail safety information, visit SMART’s rail safety website at