New Utah law targets rail safety for motorists, pedestrians

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  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    June 8, 2012 4:49 a.m.

    Hypocrisy and lies once again are emanating from the mouths of deceivers. Last year the FRA (Federal Rail Agency and Federal Transit Agency and NTSB) that investigates train accidents when they are called at the federal level cited SLC/UTA and TRAX for failing to have required safety devices and systems in place to prevent the very deaths and string of accidents plaguing the SLC rail systems since rail operations began.

    It is not all the drivers and pedestrians at fault, its the TRAX empires disregard for safety and warning devices and signs required by federal laws.

    Until the rail system complies with the federal rail safety laws it is useless to try and work around violation by TRAX causing these deaths and accidents. I'd bet that no one in Utah even considered that there are "rail safety laws" are applicable to passenger trains and its operations. We have two different federal and state laws in conflict (rail & vehicle) and its killing people when the federal laws are ignored without explanation.

    It has come to my attention that only about 1/4th of all train accidents/deaths in Utah are even reported to the Federal investigators or properly investigated.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    April 16, 2012 4:15 p.m.

    How many of these fatal accidents were a result of TRAX failing to follow safety procedures, or the safety procedures were inadequate (to a reasonable extent)? Methinks most were because some distracted driver got in the way of the train, even when signals say it is not safe to go (such as running a red light). The best way to avoid collisions with trains is to get the car drivers and pedestrians to increase their awareness of the trains, not by restricting trains until we eventually get to the point that the train driver needs eye contact with every nearby pedestrian and car driver before proceeding.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 16, 2012 3:12 p.m.

    You can't fix stupid with another new law. Drivers are still going to continue making illegal U-turns in front of oncoming TRAX trains