AMES – Feb. 18, 2010 – With so much snow on the ground and more in the forecast, the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Iowa Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit railroad safety education group, remind outdoor enthusiasts to "always expect a train" and stay away from the tracks.
“Whether you are on foot, in a car or on a snowmobile or ATV, trains move faster than you may think. Trains can be quieter than you think, and they cannot stop quickly to avoid someone on the tracks,” said Tammy Nicholson, Iowa DOT's Office of Rail Transportation director, “Because any time is train time, trespassing on or near train tracks could be deadly."
Visit the Iowa DOT’s Web site http://www.iowadot.gov/snowmobiles/rail.html for additional information about the use of snowmobiles in Iowa and to view a snowmobile-railroad safety video. The video uses humor to stress the important safety message: “Ride the trails, stay off and away from the railroad tracks.”
Contact: Tammy Nicholson at 515-239-1052 or email@example.com