Railroad safety presentation set for Argyle ISD

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ARGYLE — After a parent raised concerns about Argyle students walking to school along railroad tracks, the Texas Operation Lifesaver organization will give a railroad safety presentation to Argyle ISD students and their parents in an effort to decrease the likelihood of potential railroad accidents, officials say.

A concerned parent contacted the organization last year out of concern for the students who live and walk to school along the tracks, said Sally Tingle, Texas Operation Lifesaver executive director.

Texas Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit railroad crossing safety education program with a mission to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad property.

“We’ve worked with the school to set this up and we’re looking forward to teaching the student body and their parents important safety tips,” she said.

Tingle said many people don’t realize how dangerous railroad crossings are.

“Many people ignore the warning signs and unfortunately, it can lead to tragic results,” she said.

Texas ranked second in highway-rail grade crossing fatalities in the U.S. and trespassing fatalities, according to preliminary 2013 Federal Railroad Administration statistics.

According to data obtained from the Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety, there have been 34 reported railroad related injuries in Denton County, including seven fatalities.

Each grade level in Argyle will receive a safety presentation from Texas Operation Lifesaver volunteers.

A separate presentation for the public and parents of Argyle ISD students will be held 6 p.m. today in the Argyle High School auditorium, 191 U.S. Highway 377. For more information, contact Argyle ISD Police Chief Ralph Price at 940-464-7241, ext. 2222.

To learn more about the Operation Lifesaver national organization, visit www.oli.org. Anyone interested in a free presentation for their organization, school or business, can contact Sally Tingle at 1-800-362-2210 or e-mail txol@hot.rr.com.

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