SunRail to launch new safety campaign

(ORLANDO, Fla.) - Drivers will soon see Florida Highway patrol troopers at SunRail train stations as well as advertising about "safety" on billboards and mailing flyers.

On October 8th a dump truck parked too close to the railroad and a SunRail train side-swiped it. Seven people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A total of 150 passengers were on board. According to our news partner, the Orlando Sentinel, because of the crash troopers will be looking for drivers who race around crossing arms, stop too closely to the tracks, or park near the tracks.

The state may also experiment with painting new white stripes near intersections to show drivers where to stop.

The last safety push by FHP was in May of 2015. More than 500 warnings were issued and 431 tickets were given to drivers. 

The Orlando Sentinel reports since SunRail started operating more than a year ago, all of the crashes and close calls have been the fault of motorists. 

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