• 37°

Rail officials: Stop taking photos on railroad tracks

The N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division’s BeRailSafe program urges individuals and professional photographers to stop taking photographs on railroad tracks, property and equipment. There are both safety and legal reasons for this message:

  • Railroad tracks are not safe. Train schedules vary widely, so you should expect a train to come along at any time, day or night. Trains cannot stop quickly, so you are in serious danger of being severely injured or killed if you cannot get out of their way in time.
  • In recent years, there have been too many instances nationwide of photographers and subjects being struck and killed by trains during photo shoots. As recently as July 25 of this year, a professional photographer was killed by a train in Fresno, California, during a photo shoot.
  • Railroad tracks and equipment are private railroad company property and trespassers can be charged with a misdemeanor.

This message is especially important at this time of year, when many high school students, often graduating seniors, take yearbook portraits. High school yearbook staff advisers are asked to notify students and professional photographers of the dangers involved in taking photographs on or near railroad tracks and advise them that any such portraits will be rejected. School administrators, teachers and parents should also discuss the dangers of these photographs with students and discourage them from trespassing on railroad tracks.

“By not rejecting railroad-background pictures, schools only encourage other people, including young children and teens, to believe that railroad tracks are safe places to be if they do not hear or see a train close by,” said Paul Worley, Rail Division director. “We need to realize that these pictures, whether in a yearbook or on social media, are extremely dangerous, irresponsible, and unacceptable.”

Though they are on the rise, trespassing deaths and injuries in North Carolina are completely avoidable if you stay off the tracks or only cross tracks at designated locations such as highway grade crossings, underpasses and bridges.

BeRailSafe works with North Carolina Operation Lifesaver, railroads and other safety stakeholders in programs to educate children, teens and adults on the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks, property and equipment.

Comments

Business

Frustrated and confused by COVID-19 restrictions, local bar owners near breaking point

Elections

Republican volunteers say ‘passion’ drove victories across the ballot

News

Peppermint partnership: N.C. State’s Food Science Club manufactures ice cream toppings at Research Campus

Business

Biz Roundup: Salisbury-Rowan utilities honored for exceeding drinking water standards

Coronavirus

County reports 57 new COVID-19 positives Saturday

Local

Sharing the Season 2020 list

Lifestyle

One last blessing. For 20 precious minutes, 89-year-old Barrier met granddaughter

Business

Businesses plan to continue using practices driven by COVID-19 after pandemic is over

Business

Always on the hunt: Local entrepreneur grows real estate firm, earns accolade for success

Lifestyle

Sons of American Revolution honor local first responders

Local

Sharing the season: Community Care Clinic turns to telemedicine during pandemic

Local

Rowan Helping Ministries preparing to reopen clothing assistance as temperatures drop

Kannapolis

‘Fireman’s chief’: Colleagues remember Barnhardt as passionate firefighter, family man

Business

Local retailers looking to holiday shopping for boost in business

Coronavirus

Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

Elections

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

Coronavirus

52 COVID-19 cases added Friday after week with highest, fourth-highest increases

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with stealing boat, $10,000 in auto parts

Education

RSS superintendent hiring process continues

Business

We want to hear from readers: How are you planning to do your holiday shopping?

Local

‘Whoever we feed is a blessing:’ Providence Baptist Church distributes free meals on Thanksgiving

Local

Spencer to receive $750,000 CDBG grant for home repair

Elections

For Rowan, 2020 general election turnout statistics mostly mirror 2016

Crime

Blotter: Nov. 26