Naperville supporting Rail Safety Week
The city of Naperville will be conducting enforcement efforts and other events as part of Illinois Rail Safety Week, Sept. 13-19.
The state set aside the week to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.
Enforcement efforts are planned at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations in Naperville to cite drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property. Police officers will also be distributing literature containing information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
In 2014, there were 134 railroad crossing collisions involving motor vehicles resulting in 55 injuries and 24 fatalities throughout the state. In addition, 19 injuries and 29 fatalities occurred when people trespassed on railroad property.
During 2014, Illinois ranked second in the nation in railroad vehicle collision fatalities and third in the nation in rail yard trespasser fatalities.
The city of Naperville is governed by Mayor George Pradel and eight City Council members. Current members are Judy Brodhead, Steve Chirico, Robert Fieseler, Paul Hinterlong, Douglas Krause, Joseph McElroy, Kenn Miller and Grant Wehrli. City Hall office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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