Amtrak launches rail safety campaign

February 11, 2010 11:13:48 AM PST
A new effort is underway to address the number of pedestrian train fatalities in the United States.

Amtrak, along with the non-profit rail safety group Operation lifesaver, began a public awareness campaign Friday called "Common Sense."

The goal of the campaign is to alert the public to the dangers of walking or playing around train tracks.

"More than 880 Americans died or were injured in railroad trespassing related incidents in 2008; the number over the past decade has topped 9,000," Operation Lifesaver spokesperson Pete Odland said.

California leads the nation in pedestrian train fatalities and the Bay Area has seen a spike in deaths in the last 12 months.