Save Lives Tell 5

We encourage California citizens to become active participants in the rail safety of their communities by sharing our rail safety messages with their loved ones.

Every 3 hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. The result is always the same - severe injury or even death.

Don’t let you or your loved ones become a statistic!
Help Save Lives

Everyone can help save lives! We ask that you pledge to make safe decisions near tracks and trains. Make the pledge for yourself and for your family and friends. Then share these rail safety tips with your loved ones.

  • Always expect a train!  Trains are quieter and faster than you think, can run on any track, at any time, from either direction and do not run on schedules.
  • Trains can move in either direction at any time.  
  • Never walk on or beside railroad tracks; it’s illegal and dangerous
  • The only safe place to cross tracks is at designated public crossings with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or a gate. Crossing anywhere else is illegal.
  • Never try to beat a train! Never pass flashing lights or go around lowered gates. Always wait until lights have stopped flashing and gates are completely raised. Wait to cross until you can see clearly in both directions. Multiple tracks may mean multiple trains.
  • Stay off railroad bridges and trestles. Stay out of railroad tunnels. There is ONLY ROOM for the train.
  • Trains have the right of way 100% of the time over emergency vehicles, cars, the police and pedestrians.
  • A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail, putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three foot mark.
  • Never take photos or videos on tracks. It is dangerous and illegal. An optical illusion makes it hard to determine a train’s distance from you – and its speed. Trains can’t stop quickly. By the time an engineer sees a person or a vehicle on the tracks, it may be too late to stop the train.
  • Stay alert around railroad tracks, Avoid Distractions. No texting, No headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.

We encourage California citizens to become active participants in the rail safety of their communities by sharing our rail safety tips with their loved ones. Tell 5 of your family and friends, ask those 5 to tell 5, and those 5 to tell 5… Help them stay safe near railroad tracks and keep the message going! Together we can change the numbers and save lives.

This is how our Save Lives Tell 5 campaign began. Community engagement increases rail safety awareness which can help us eliminate dangerous grade crossing and trespassing behaviors.

Join us Today, Tomorrow, Next Week, Next Month, Next Year… ALWAYS! Always obey the signs, signals, and laws near railroad tracks. Help Save Lives, Share the message, #SaveLivesTell5