Be phone smart at level crossings or you’re on dangerous ground

#Bephonesmart with Network Rail

In the last five years there have been more than 2,000 incidents involving young people at level crossings.

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This is why Network Rail has launched a campaign to encourage young people (like you), to stay safe. We are proud to support it.

The main reason for so many young people getting injured (or worse) at level crossings is because they’re distracted and it’s no surprise, when you hear that the average teenager checks their phone over 100 times a day. If you’re on your way to school, home or to meeting your friends and using your phone at the same time, danger is probably the last thing on your mind.

It’s easy to get engrossed in funny cat videos, constant notifications, new games and music, or trying to get that perfect selfie. And when you are, it’s almost impossible to be alert to your surroundings.

It’s always best to take your headphones off, put your phone away and concentrate – be phone smart. Pay attention to the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms) and read the signs. If you’re with a group of friends, don’t leave it to someone else to look out for you.

Stay alert and don’t assume there’s only one train coming. Trains can come from either direction at any time. Check both ways before crossing. It can also be tempting to take photos or play games on the tracks. Just don’t do it – a train travelling at 80 mph takes over 1,500 metres to come to a complete stop. So always stop, look and listen or you’re putting your life at risk.

Please visit Network Rail for further advice and support.

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