UTA hosts safety awareness day

Posted at 7:55 AM, Jan 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-01-24 19:20:14-05

UTA is hosting a "Train for Safety Day" on Tuesday.  Representatives of UTA will be out at four stations talking with passengers one-on-one about tips for staying safe around the trains.  This comes after multiple accidents last year and already two more accidents in January 2012.

"We've had an interesting year at UTA.  We've open up some new rail lines and along with that we've had some issues with incidents and accidents, "said Martin Cocker, train safety administrator at UTA Frontunner.

This is the second time UTA has taken a hands-on approach.  The representatives will be at Salt Lake Central Station, Courthouse Station, Ballpark Station and the Trolley Station between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"We are trying to raise awareness of the safety issues that we have been having lately.  We have had a high number of incidents in the past few weeks.  All of these incidents are avoidable," said Gerry Carpenter, UTA spokesman.

For pedestrians, the tips including staying behind yellow line on the platform, look twice to be sure trains are not coming in either direction and hold children's hands.  UTA also encourages pedestrians to take out earphones and not text near trains.

Tips for motorist safety include never going around lowered gates.  If you are in the crossing when the lights start flashing, continue to clear the intersection.  In a lane shared with TRAX, do not enter the lane when the train warning light is active.